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The Internet: Criminal Activity

1. Provide three (3) specific examples of how the Internet has aided criminal activity.
2. Identify the types of crime that traditionally have been non-digital in nature are now best abetted by Internet activity.
3. Describe the role viruses, other malicious code, and phishing attacks play in aiding this criminal activity.

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There are many examples of how the internet has aided criminal activity. First and foremost, it has made it exceedingly difficult to investigate and successfully prosecute violators due to the geographical span an internet crime can cover. As more offenders begin engaging in the same crime and more victims are targeted, it becomes even more difficult. Until there can be a congruence between law enforcement agencies across state lines, and even across borders, this will always be a challenge due to internet activity.

Another example of how the internet has aided criminal activity is through a lack of knowledge in the business arena. Many companies store information online, and a high percentage of that information is sensitive consumer data. We've seen it several times in the past few years where databases have been hacked and it leaves customer information in the hands of the perpetrator. ...

Solution Summary

This solution provides three specific examples of how the internet has aided criminal activity, identifies the types of crimes that traditionally have been non-digital in nature and how they're now being abetted by the internet, and also describes the role viruses and other similar activities are aiding in internet crimes. Includes 3 references.

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