With the evolution of the internet, along came another revolution of crime where the perpetrators commit acts of crime and wrongdoing on the World Wide Web. Internet crimes are crimes committed on internet, using internet, and by means of internet. With the tremendous advancement of computer-related technology, the so-called cyber crimes are the order of the day without any boundary or upper limits. C.Mahadevan, HSE Consultant analyses the competency of Indian laws to deal with this complex problem.
Cyber crime is a general term which includes such crimes as phishing, credit card frauds, bank robbery, illegal downloading, industrial espionage, child pornography, kidnapping children via chatrooms, scams, cyber terrorism, creation and/or distribution of viruses, spam, and so on. All such crimes are computer-related and facilitated crimes. Some criminals who are computer-savvy have grown up understanding the vast potential of this superhighway of information, unlike the older generation of users. This is why internet crimes have now become a growing problem in the whole world.
Some crimes committed on the internet have been exposed to the world and some remain a mystery up until they are perpetrated against someone or some company. The different types of internet crime vary in their design and how easily they are able to be committed. Internet crimes can be divided into two different categories: There are crimes that are only committed while being on the internet, and crimes that are created exclusively because of the World Wide Web. The typical crimes in criminal history are now being brought to a whole different level of innovation and ingenuity.
You must have read news items like this: “US Government computers hacked, probe points finger at China. Hackers believed to be working for the Chinese military breached the US Government computers from nearly every agency, possibly compromising the personal data of 4 million current and former employees, in what could be the biggest breach ever of the government’s computer network for stealing their data and that too from the highly secured network of Pentagon. Now, you can easily imagine that, if Pentagon is not safe, then who else can be? In a statement, the office of Personnel Management said that it has identified a cyber security incident potentially affecting personnel data for current and former federal employees, including personally identifiable information. This was the second major intrusion of the same agency by China in less than a year and the second significant foreign breach in to US government networks in recent months. China responded to the allegations that it was involved in a hacking attack on US government computers by saying that ‘such allegations are unproven and irresponsible and that it wishes the US government would trust it more.
The US would be less suspicious and stop making any unverified allegations but show more trust and participate more in cooperation.’ Chinese military is believed to have made cyber warfare a priority over a decade ago.”
(Read the whole story from the July Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)