CyberCrime Essay

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Cybercrime is a global issue plaguing the world. The dictionary defines cybercrime as “crime conducted via the Internet or some other computer network”(Merriam-Webster). The definition remains very broad because the word “cyber” is defined as “relating to the culture of computers, information technology, and virtual reality.” Due to the growing number of people gaining access to the internet, rapid development of technology, and the globalization of the world, more of the world population is becoming susceptible to involvement in cybercrime – whether it be as a victim or a criminal. Cybercrime involves different levels of the world on both the victim and criminal side from an individual citizen, to small groups, businesses, and the …show more content…
Furthermore, older software and network equipment that has not been updated has more vulnerabilities than the newer technology. So, older generations of people and older companies continue to use this risky software, which allows for easier attacks against them.

Many companies do not advance their technology or security until there is a direct threat against their cyber security (Faig). For example, the Internet Archive, an online collection of millions of digitized books, only changed their cyber security due to the threat of surveillance on their technology by the government and National Security Agency (NSA) (Miners, par.1,3). The NSA uses tools, like XKeyscore, to search through emails, online chats, and browsing histories without authorization (Miners, par. 4). The Internet Archive has taken steps to prevent these kinds of security breaches. For example, they are implementing an encrypted Web protocol standard of “HTTPS” and making it a default in the websites’ URL to prevent the eavesdropping of customers (Miners, par. 2). Even though it increases a company’s security, companies are stubborn in their technological ways and in solving cybercrimes committed against them. In 2005, among 7,818 businesses, 67% detected at least one cyber attack against their company, but most businesses did not report cyber attacks to law enforcement agencies (“Bureau of Justice Statistics” sec. 2). Finally, the “speed,

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