An act of carrying out a crime that is done on the internet by way of a computer to steal or manipulate data is a cybercrime.
Crimes carried out online has become a major problem in recent years as internet and internet users have expanded. Especially with a large number of smartphone that has exploded in the last decade mobile crimes are quickly becoming a major target for online criminals and crime. The majority of cybercrimes that take place is on actual information that is on either government, individuals personal data, or corporations. A unique characteristic of crimes online it that it typically doesn’t happen at close range. Meaning someone or entity from another country and can easily commit the cybercrime and be thousands of miles away.
The Council of Europe came together in 1996 and with government representatives from around the world, the United States included created the preliminary international treaty that covered computer crime. Civil libertarian groups made provisions that required an ISP or internet service provider to store info on customer transactions and they had to hand over this information when asked.
Types of online crimes range from data breaches to child pornography. The more we depend on online tools that connect to the internet the more we will be open to online crimes.« Back to Glossary Index