Challenges Of Cyber Crime

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A cyber-crime is typically described as any criminal act dealing with computers or computer networks. Cyber-crimes requires the application of cyber forensic techniques to extract data for those investigating these cases as well as those prosecuting and judging them. Because of this specialized method of investigation and prosecution, the people involved have had to keep pace with the evolution of the cyber-criminal. Cyber-crimes have consistently been ahead of the curve as it pertains to relevant laws. Originally, cyber-crimes were prosecuted under established penal codes for their overt acts such as theft, pornography, stalking, and fraud. However, many of the existing codes do not adequately cover the scope of crimes committed using …show more content…
Those people attempting to bring to justice those who commit cyber-crimes face many issues, one of which is practicality.
With the commission of a cyber-crime, the topic of jurisdiction often arises. For example a perpetrator lives in one state and sends pornographic material to a person in another state. Who will prosecute? Who investigates and how do they do that? These are some basic problems of practicality that investigators and prosecutors face every day. Along with the logistics of investigating the crime comes the cost of investigation. Competence is another challenge faced by the justice system when dealing with cyber-crimes. Are there enough investigators and prosecutors as well as judges who understand the intricacies of cyber-crimes? Fixes to the problems associated with cyber-crimes and the successful prosecution of them include:
1) Targeted prosecutions. They are used in an attempt to discourage potential perpetrators from engaging in illegal activities. An example of this is: U.S. vs. Vyochanskyy (N.D. California,
2005), where the defendant sold counterfeit software programs on web sites including eBay.
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3) The formation of special units in order to detect and bring to justice cyber-criminals such as: a) The ATOTF (Account Takeover Task Force), this is a partnership with the private sector and the Secret Service, Department of Treasury, and Department of Justice. They focus on the prevention, detection, and prosecution of account takeovers. b) The partnerships developed by the Secret Service with various law enforcement agencies in and out of the USA through the Electronic Crimes Task Force. The task force received support from the Cyber Intelligence Section and training from the Electronic Crimes Special Agent
Program.
c) The Secret Service has collaborated with the Department of Justice’s Computer Crimes and
Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS), which is a key partner in prevention, investigation, and prosecution of cyber-crimes. Sharing information and assets increases the chances for a successful prosecution for any and all cyber-crimes. To that end, the Secret Service provides and shares information

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