A glimpse inside the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) which boasts a $10 billion-a-year effort to fight online crime. Photo courtesy of www.dailymail.co.uk
Crime has always existed in one form or another, and over the years it has evolved. In the old days, there was robbery, assault, extortion, and a myriad of other offenses, but these offenses were almost always done face-to-face. Now, with the advent of the internet, crime has become digital and as a result it much more difficult to stop. Now, instead of robbing someone in person, a hacker might just break into someone’s accounts electronically. Assault has become less about physical violence and more about verbal abuse and slander projected over Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets. Online crime has become a significant threat and it pays to know as much as you can about it so that you can protect yourself and your loved ones. There are 4 main forms of online crime, and none of them should be taken lightly. Have a look at the links below for more information.
Hate Crimes – This form of online crime isn’t just about discrimination or racial slurs. Any projection of hate towards another person falls into this category, whether it’s malicious emails, public slander, or even cyber-bullying. Check this section for more information.
Online Fraud – This brand of online crime is becoming more widespread these days, especially identity theft. It has become so much easier for people to steal personal information from others and use it to acquire their ill-gotten gains. You never can be too careful with your personal information. Check this section for the low down on how to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud
Online Stalking – Stalkers have always been an issue. Sometimes you get the feeling you’re being watched, or maybe you worry that your ex might be following you around. It used to be so easy to avoid the places where they might be, but now it’s possible for stalkers to find you online and harass you electronically even when you’re at home. Check this section to find out what steps you can take to keep yourself a little bit safer.
Extremism – This crime is all about offensive content. Now, not all offensive content is illegal, but if you instigate or support terrorism online, especially in the US, then you could face severe legal action. If you see any online content that could be extremism, you need to report it. By working together we can help to eliminate this dangerous form of online crime. Check this section to find out more.