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FBI / Crime Commission Alliance on Cybercrime
What is Cybercrime?
Cybercrime is a broad term that can be used to describe any criminal activity committed involving a computer and the internet. In a society where technology is continuously growing, this type of crime is becoming increasingly widespread. The threat posed by cyber crimes is not only limited to the use of computers. It can occur with the use of any device used to communicate with others such as mobile phones, tablets, and video game consoles. These electronic crimes most often involve hacking into private information and stealing large sums of money. Some forms of cybercrime may include spam, harassment, drug trafficking, cyber terrorism, offensive content, blackmail, forgery, and embezzlement. Identity theft, the most frequently reported form of cybercrime, typically involves techniques known as phishing or pharming to steal personal information. Cybercriminals use these techniques to bring internet users to fake websites (that look authentic) to obtain passwords, bank account information, and other identifying information.
The targets of cybercrime can be people, property, businesses, institutions or government. It is a huge concern in the business community, with many instances occurring where millions of dollars are being stolen from large corporations. Cybercriminals are hacking into corporate websites and stealing confidential information with the intent to commit fraud. Not only is this an issue that affects corporations, but private individuals as well. In making everyday transactions such as online banking or shopping, e-mail, and social networking, an individual’s information is always at risk, providing an opportunity for cybercriminals to take advantage. Since these cyber crimes are such a common occurrence, it requires everyone to use extreme caution when using computers and the internet. The internet is a tool that in many cases makes our lives easier, but it can also be used for others to take advantage. Therefore, it is tremendously important to take measures in securing one’s home network, as well as for corporations and businesses to do the same.
What To Do If You Are A Victim Of Cybercrime?
If you believe a cybercrime has been committed against you, there are resources for reporting it:
- Private citizens can visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center, where a claim can be placed. The detailed information regarding the incident will need to be provided before a claim is filed and sent in for review.
- Tips about any crime, including theft of data and national security threats can be reported on the Tips and Public Leads section of the FBI website.
- Visit IdentityTheft.gov, the federal government’s one-stop resource to help you report and recover from identity theft.
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