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    Cyber-Crime Court Cases

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    Substantive Research

    You are required to complete a substantive research paper assignment comprising of 5 pages Microsoft Word document.

    Conduct research on atleast two cybercrime court cases, decisions and or appeals to cybercrime case that took place within the last 10 years.

    Identify the type of cybercrime, how the crime was committed, and the motivation behind the crime (revenge, financial gain, exploitation, sexual satisfaction, etc.).

    Discuss the issues encountered and how the prosecution established jurisdiction; for example, is it the "bad guy's" location or the location of his co-conspirators, the location of Internet Service Provider (ISP), where the victim(s) are located, etc., the admissibility of evidence, and how the evidence was obtained (consent or search warrant). Be sure to include the defense counsel's arguments and appeals.

    Identify the conviction and sentencing, what U.S. code or state law was applied to the crime and the sentence received by the criminal or criminal enterprise.

    The assignment should come to a logical conclusion by identifying and summarizing the major obstacles of prosecution, what is currently in place to overcome the obstacles, and what may happen in the future to help the cause. The major impacts of cybercrime on the criminal justice system should also be discussed.

    Lastly, discuss the emerging trends in cybercrimes and what law enforcement and the private sector are doing to combat these crimes.

    Your information should be obtained from a variety of sources. Listed below are a couple of good sources to get you started, but please also conduct your own research.

    Support your responses with examples.

    Cite any sources in APA format.

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    The first cybercrime court case considered is United States v. Dennis Collins, et.al., No. CR 11-00471 DLJ,
    The type of attack was cyber attack. This was a retaliatory attack against PayPal. In November 2010 WikiLeaks released a large amount of classified US State Department cables on its website. PayPal suspended Wikileaks' account so that it could no longer receive donation through PayPal. In retaliation, a group called Anonymous coordinated and executed distributed denial of service attacks against PayPal's computer servers. The attack occurred between December 6 and December 10 and used an open source computer program that the grou made available as free download on internet. On January 2011 the FBI executed twenty seven search warrants in twelve states and District of Columbia as part of the investigation of distributed denial of service against PayPal. On July 19, 2011 the FBI arrested fourteen defendants, and at the same time FBI executed twenty one search warrants in eleven states. The case is stell pending before Honorable D. Lowell Jensen .
    On December 16, 2010, the members of the "People's Liberation Front", a hacking group associated with Anonymous, coordinated and executed a distributed denial of service attack against Santa Cruz County's computer servers. This attack was carried out in retaliation for the City of Santa Cruz enacting and enforcing an anti-camping statute against the homeless and disbanding protests related to the anti-camping statute. The case is United States v. Christopher Doyon, et. al., No. CR 11-00683 DLJ The related law is The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
    The motivation behind both these cases is revenge. In case of United States v. Dennis Collins, jurisdiction was established because the perpetrators were in the United States. The indictment was done by a federal grand jury in San Jose, California. The United States State Department is also in the US. In case of United States v. Christopher Doyon, jurisdiction is established because the victim of the attack, Santa Cruz County is located in ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution explains cyber crime court cases, laws, and jurisdiction. The sources used are also included in the solution.