What is cyber crime?
Cybercrime is defined as a crime in which a computer is the object of the crime (hacking, phishing, spamming) or as a means of committing a crime (child pornography, hate crime). Cyber criminals can use computer technology to access personal information, trade secrets, or use the internet for exploitative or malicious purposes. Criminals can also use computers to communicate and store documents or data. Criminals who carry out these illegal activities are often referred to as hackers.
Cybercrime can also be referred to as computer crime.
Common types of cybercrime include online banking information theft, identity theft, online robbery, and unauthorized computer access. More serious crimes like Cyber terrorism are also of great importance.
Cybercrime encompasses a wide range of activities, but they can generally be broken down into two categories:
Crimes targeting computer networks or devices. These types of crime include viruses and denial of service (DoS) attacks.
Crimes that use computer networks to advance other criminal activities. These types of crime include cyber stalking, phishing, and fraud or identity theft.
The FBI identifies cyber criminals who allegedly have committed bank fraud and counterfeit devices that access personal electronic information. The FBI also provides information on reporting cybercrime as well as useful information on the latest cyber criminals.