Certainly you had already received the email which requires the change of your passwords to your bank accounts or requiring some arrears or debt. Those emails generally do not look credibly, there is no clear identification of the person, institution and the language formulation is very bad. But many people want to satisfy the requirement, they often fear that they are neglecting something. What a next surprise that their bank account is sourced and the debt was invalid. The last but not least example of cybercrime is software piracy, i.e. using of illegal copy of the software not respecting the copyrights and its price. Those are the examples of the cybercrime meetings almost every person who is online.
Cybercrime is a long-established phenomenon that is inseparably tied to global connectivity. Any criminal activity that involves a computer either as an instrument, target or a means for perpetuating further crimes comes within the ambit of cybercrime. A generalized definition of cybercrime is “unlawful acts wherein the computer is either a tool or target or both” (IT Act 2000).
Cybercrime has been used to describe a wide range of offences, including offences against computer data and systems, computer-related forgery and fraud, content offences, and copyright offences. Our increasing dependence on computers and digital networks makes the technology itself a tempting target; either for the gaining of information or as a means of causing disruption and damage.
Practical relevance – This is what you will need the knowledge and skills for
After working through this content unit, you will know the definitions of the main terms related to crime in cyberspace, you can recognize dofferent types and methods of cybercrime and how to protect yourself from crime coming from virtual space. You will also be familiar with the dangerous aspects not only for adults, but also for your children.