The Internet has created a lot of different types of opportunities for different groups of people, and that includes criminals. As far as law enforcement is concerned, the Internet is still a new domain where criminals are trying desperately hard to stay ahead of the authorities when it comes to committing crimes. To get an understanding of what is going on in the world of the Internet, we will take a look at just a few of the most common crimes being committed online.
A growing crime on the Internet is the age-old crime of extortion. Criminals put a virus on a computer and then tell the computer owner that they have to pay a ransom or their data will be destroyed. The software is referred to as ransomware and it costs companies millions of dollars every year.
The Internet allows anyone of any age to express themselves, and sometimes that can come out in the form of cyberbullying. Children, teenagers, and adults all engage in cyberbullying and, in some cases, the results have been fatal for the victim.
An Internet crime that goes on daily but many people do not realize they are doing it is copyright infringement. For example, if you make a website to sell your products and use a nice picture you found on the Internet but did not get permission to use from the picture owner, then you are committing copyright infringement. This sort of crime used to be running rampant years ago, but authorities have been clamping down on it lately and fining offenders, whether they knew they were breaking the law or not.
The Internet has become so sophisticated that a criminal can log onto a special website, buy your social security number and personal information, and then open a credit card account in your name. Any time you use the Internet to buy a product or open an account, you are giving information that could later be used to steal your identity.
The Internet has become a place where criminals either identify victims they will later abduct for human trafficking, or a place where criminals put up deceiving online ads that trick people into becoming part of a human trafficking network. The reach of the Internet, especially when it comes to impressionable young people, has helped to make the Internet a prime place for human trafficking.
Credit Card Theft
Criminals can steal your credit card number online very quickly, and then they will use your credit card to withdraw cash or purchase items online or in stores. The incidents of credit card theft are growing every day, and it is a huge problem for the credit card industry.
The Internet allows criminals to affect other people’s lives without ever having to be in the same country as those people. When you use the Internet, you should keep in mind that criminals are constantly browsing the World Wide Web to find ways to steal from hard working people.