Cybercrime Argumentative Essay by Contactgreen

Argues that cybercrimes are not new crimes but variants of existing crimes.
# 147739 | 3,018 words | 15 sources | APA | 2011 | IN
Published on Jun 24, 2011 in Computer and Technology (Internet) , Criminology (General)

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The paper defines cybercrime as "criminal activities that are carried out by using the electronics communication media". It discusses cybercrime that is primarily an abuse of online technology as well as those cybercrimes that take advantage of informational technology. Both of these types of crime are presented as new methods of committing the same old crimes. Because these crimes are easier and anonymous, the writer explains that new criminals are being created. The paper concludes that cybercrime is no longer the domain of computer experts, it is committed by individuals, small groups, mafias and organized crime.

From the Paper:

"Usage of computers and internet is rising fast due to lower costs and faster and easier connectivity which has made it a convenient means to transact commercially and personally. The transactions are heavily reliant on interacting through automatic means instead of face to face meetings which creates a vast expanse in allowing additional and anonymous opportunities for crimes to be perpetuated. "Computer Crimes" include crimes that are perpetrated in regard to materials that are integral to the computer such as software and records and its processing tools. "Cyber Crimes" are criminal activities that are carried out by using the electronics communication media. The most significant worries about cyber crime relate to spoofing, pharming and phishing by misusing online observation technologies. Additionally, there are several other modes of criminal activities that are inflicted by using information technology, such as industrial espionage, cyber terrorism, pornography, defamation, harassment and certain regulatory offences. The current criminal law in most nations does deal with cyber crimes but there are problems in the new technology being effectively addressed from the legal perspective since most statutes and jurisdictional issues may not be considered appropriate in dealing with cyber crime (Jewkes, 2007).
"All advancements in technology appear to create new ways of crime as new systems are developed in meeting the aspirations of human beings. New and novel activities are created almost on a daily basis and new fangled viruses are set off into the electronic world with a regularity that is becoming alarming by the day. Cyber crime is on the constant increase but this does not imply that such crimes are new; it is only that novel methods have been developed to commit the existing crimes and that better ways have also been developed to detect them. Cyber crimes have intensified due to the fact that authorities have now become more cautious and careful in tackling electronic crimes in comparison to about ten years ago. There has been increased confidence and reliance on sophisticated tracking systems, increasing utilization of computer forensics and the creation of high tech organizations that have enabled the visibility of cyber crimes."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adam, A. (2005) Gender, Ethics and Information Technology, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Balkin, J., Grimmelmann, J., Katz, E., Kozlovski, N., Wagman, S. & Zarsky, T. (2006) Cybercrime: Digital Cops in a Networked Environment, New York University Press, New York.
  • Fafinski, S. (2009) Computer Misuse: Response, regulation and the law Cullompton: Willan
  • Jewkes, Y. (ed.) (2007) Crime Online, Collumpton: Willan. (key text)
  • Jewkes, Y. (2003) Dot. Cons: Crime, Deviance and Identity on the Internet, Collumpton: Willan.

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