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Computer crime, or cybercrime, is crime that involves a computer and a network.
The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target. Debarati Halder and K. Jaishankar define cybercrimes as: "Offences that are committed against individuals or groups of individuals with a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm, or loss, to the victim directly or indirectly, using modern telecommunication networks such as Internet (Chat rooms, emails, notice boards and groups) and mobile phones (SMS/MMS)". Such crimes may threaten a nation's security and financial health. Issues surrounding these types of crimes have become high-profile, particularly those surrounding hacking, copyright infringement, child pornography, and child grooming.
There are also problems of privacy when confidential information is intercepted or disclosed, lawfully or otherwise. Debarati Halder and K. Jaishankar further define cybercrime from the perspective of gender and defined 'cybercrime against women' as "Crimes targeted against women with a motive to intentionally harm the victim psychologically and physically, using modern telecommunication networks such as internet and mobile phones". Internationally, both governmental and non-state actors engage in cybercrimes, including espionage, financial theft, and other cross-border crimes. Activity crossing international borders and involving the interests of at least one nation state is sometimes referred to as cyberwarfare. The international legal system is attempting to hold actors accountable for their actions through the International Criminal Court.
Most measures show that the problem of cybercrime continues to worsen. However, Eric Jardine argues that the frequency, cost and severity of cybercrime cannot be well understood as counts expressed in absolute terms. Instead, these numbers need to be normalized around the growing size of cyberspace, in the same way that crime statistics in the physical world are expressed as a proportion of a population (i.e., 1.5 murders per 100,000 people). Jardine argues that, since cyberspace has been rapidly increasing in size each year, absolute numbers (i.e., a count saying there are 100,000 cyberattacks in 2015) present a worse picture of the security of cyberspace than numbers normalized around the actual size of the Internet ecosystem (i.e., a rate of cybercrime). His proposed intuition is that if cyberspace continues to grow, you should actually expect cybercrime counts to continue to increase because there are more users and activity online, but that as a proportion of the size of the ecosystem crime might actually be becoming less of a problem.
Computer crime encompasses a broad range of activities.
1. Fraud and financial crimes
2. Cyber terrorism
5. Computer as a target
6. Computer as a tool
7. Obscene or offensive content
9. Drug trafficking
Combating computer crime
1. Diffusion of cybercrime
Computer Crimes/Hacking Explained
With the rapid technological development of computers and the growth of the internet over the past 20 years, computers have operated as a key tool to allow individuals to commit cyber crimes. There are numerous types of crimes that are considered computer (or cyber) crimes. Some of the more common crimes include:
1. Improperly accessing another person's computer or network
2. Internet solicitation
3. Internet fraud
4. Online solicitation of a minor, child pornography
5. Sexual exploitation of a minor
6. Identity theft
Cybercrimes are wide ranging
Cybercrimes are wide ranging from 'malware' and 'phishing' applications used to record key strokes or obtain passwords and bank details, to other forms of hacking for the purposes of corporate espionage.
We have one of the leading computer and internet crime teams in the country and this, coupled with our specialist forensic expertise and in-house IT team, has led to national recognition as leaders in the field of cybercrime. Our team includes experts in the area of cybercrime and we are at the forefront of this growing area of law.
Our team help organisations in tracing and dealing with all forms of computer misuse. We can image and examine all forms of hardware to uncover evidence and are able to advise on exactly what steps should be taken throughout an investigation into computer related misconduct.
Our firmMS Legal Associates represents clients charged with violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and can often help clients avoid lengthy state prison terms and substantial monetary penalties.
Our attorneys are intimately familiar with the many technologies involved in various state felonies and misdemeanors that relate to computer criminal activity, theft, skimmers, and cyber bullying.
Many victims of cyber attacks don't realize that the law allows for relief in cases of cyber-extortion and data breaches caused by negligence. Our attorneys can help make you whole again.