Cybercrimes Essay

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Millions of people around the world use computers and the internet everyday. We all use it
in school, work even at home, computers have made us life easier, it has brought so many
benefits to society but it has also brought some problems, cybercrimes is one of them. The
internet could be considered a type of community of computer networks, therefore we could
consider it a society. Like in every society, in the internet there is commerce,
education, entertainment, and of course there is crime, cybercrime. Real life society has
police and laws to regulate people actions, unfortunately right now the internet is
missing this type of control. Governments around the world need to work together to find a
solution to this problem. The solution is in the creation and implementation of
international laws that deal specifically with cybercrimes.

To be able to understand cybercrimes we need to know where it all started, it all started
with the birth of the internet. The internet is a computer-based global information system
composed of many interconnected computer networks (Beekman, 1999). Internet works through
a system of switching from computer to computer packets of information. Packet switching
began in the 1960s in the United States when the Department of Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (ARPA) funded a research project that created a packet switching network
known as the ARPANET. ARPA also created networks that worked through satellites. By 1970
ARPA had a problem, the networks it had created where incompatible, so they focused on
investigating ways to intercommunicate their networks. The solution to the problem came
with the creation of a protocol that every network could understand the TCP/IP protocol,
and the internet started. In the early 1980 a group of academic computer scientists formed
the Computer Science NETwork, which used TCP/IP protocols, also government agencies
started to link their networks using the TCP/IP protocol. Later in the 1980s large
commercial companies began to use TCP/IP to build private internets and ARPA investigated
transmission of multimedia across the Internet. Little by little new technologies such as
hypertext, helped create the World Wide Web. Initially the WWW was created to communicate
physicists around the world. Also during the late 1980s the government of the United
Stated began to take away the restrictions of who could use the Internet, and
commercialization of the Internet began. In the 1990s without the restrictions the
internet began to be used by everybody. Now the internet is used by universities,
companies, schools, government agencies, families and individual users (Encarta, 2001).

Cybercrimes are committed by using computers, so they could be considered computer crimes.
Computer crimes started in the 1960s with the introduction of computers into businesses
and government agencies. Through the years computers and computer crimes have evolved, now
most of computer crimes are done through the internet (Godwin, 1995). Right now it is
estimated that $100 billion dollars is lost annually because of cybercrimes and 97% of the
offenses go undetected (Gebhardt, 2001). Cybercrimes will continue to evolve becoming more
and more dangerous.

Right now there are different types of cybercrimes, the most important and dangerous are
the following. Computer network break-ins, this type of crime is performed by hackers that
break into computer systems to steal data or plant viruses, this type of crime has been
made illegal by the U.S. federal government but its detection is difficult; Industrial
espionage, this occurs when a corporation hires a hacker to obtain information about
another corporation; Software piracy, this the illegal copying and distribution of
software, this copies of software work as well as the originals but are much cheaper
because it is very simple to create this copies; Mail bombings, this type of crime consist
in ordering the computer to repeatedly send electronic mail to a specified person's email
address to saturate the recipients personal account and by this way be able to shut down
entire systems; Password sniffers, this are programs that monitor and record user names
and passwords of network users, when the cybercriminal obtains this information he can
perform malicious activities in the network as well as be able to obtain valuable
information; Credit card fraud, cybercriminals access large databases of credit card
information (Digital Century, on-line). As we can see there are many types of cybercrimes
and all of this crimes need solutions and there is a need to control all this crimes.

The persons that commit this crimes are very often computer expertise, and are considered
either hackers or crackers (Alexander, Encyclopedia Britannica, p. 185). A hacker somebody
who uses computer expertise to be able to gain unauthorized access to a computer system to
learn about the system or to examine its data (Beekman, 2000). A cracker is also a person
that access a computer system but with the intention of performing malicious activities.
Almost any type of person can be a cybercriminal, they could be students, terrorists,
amateurs or members of organized crime to name a few. Cybercrimes committed in companies
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