Internet crimes have been a more and more prominent crime in the US in the last few years. Internet crime is defined as a crime that is committed on, using, or by means of the internet as a tool. Internet crime is can range anywhere from credit card fraud to child pornography and anywhere in between. All of these internet related crimes can happen to anyone and are happening out there everyday.
The different types of internet crimes are:
Credit Card Frauds
Kidnapping children via Chat rooms
Harassment, scams, cyber terrorism via the internet
Creation and/or distribution of viruses, spam, and identity theft
The list of different crimes can go on because of all the possibilities that are happening. Many different people have begun to use the internet as a tool to for all these different types of crimes. Phishing is defined as someone trying to obtain sensitive information, such as Bank accounts or credit card details, using secure electronic companies. Credit card fraud is obtaining someone’s personal information and impersonating them while using their credit card information.
Illegal Downloading is when someone downloads any type of software, music, or movies without paying for any of it while ignoring the copyright that is on the product. Industrial espionage is when someone tries to obtain information that is very top secret and not know by very many people at all. Child Pornography is defined as taking photographs or videos of sexual acts being done by children that are then posted up on the internet. The US is really trying to crack down on the amount of child pornography that is present on the internet right now. Although there is not always a way to find out who is loading this child pornography, the government is doing there best to get rid of all of the pornography that they can.
Kidnapping children via chat rooms is a whole new idea to kidnapping. Some child molesters are now using the internet to find and connect a relationship to children. They will find them on the internet and start talking to them on a very regular basis. This then builds up a trust with the child and eventually the molester suggests that they meet in person. This is when the person would kidnap the child. Harassment and scams are now being done through the internet. People use chat rooms and emails to harass different people on the internet.