Finale, 201 2) These types of crimes are being committed by people with very high levels of knowledge; however, many of these crimes are being committed by juveniles who are “playing’ around on their computers and are looking for something to do. Most people don’t think about the risk that are associated with some of the simple things we enjoy and in most cases that we simply can’t live without such as talking on cell phones, using wireless networks, or sending an email.
Computers and technology has become part of our daily routine and more people are embracing technology to handle everything from work elated projects to personal banking transactions. The truth of the matter cybercafés occur more often than we think. In 2006, it was estimated that more than 200,000 cybercafé complaints were registered. Though, it’s difficult to estimate how many of these crimes actually happen, because most cybercafés are reported by individuals and its even more difficult because there are many people who might not report their respective crimes.
The US Department of Justice has identified three different types of cybercafés and they are computer weapons, computers as accessories to crimes, and imputer targeting. Cybercafé is one of the greatest threats facing our country, and has enormous implications for our national security, economic prosperity, and public safety. Attorney General Eric Holder has made it one of the Department of Justice’s top priorities. The range of threats and the challenges they present for law enforcement expand just as rapidly as technology evolves. United States Department of Justice, 2014) The United Justice Department has listed a few key priorities on the topic of cybercafés which are as follows: internet stalking, computer hacking & intellectual repertory, and forensics. These crimes are very difficult to detect and getting tougher to incriminate, but cybercafés have certainly become a point of emphasis for many different federal agencies such as the FBI and Homeland Security.
There are more jobs forming in the area of cybercafés and there are also different colleges who are offering degrees that focus on specialized training in dealing with cybercafés. Computers used weapons occurs when people use computers in activities such as illegal gambling or using computers to commit fraud against a business or an individual. One of the cost popular was computers are being used as a weapon is in the case of identity theft. Identity theft has affected a great deal of people in this country. According the Department of Justice, “The short answer is that identity theft is a crime.
Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. Unlike your fingerprints, which are unique to you and cannot be given to someone else for their use, your personal data especially your Social Security number, your bank account or credit card number, your telephone calling card number, and other valuable identifying data can be used, if they fall into the wrong hands, to personally profit at your expense. There are so many horror stories of people reporting that money has been stolen from them or their credit has been tampered by someone who had the ability to take advantage of them and most of the time the person who has been violated is left holding the bag. Many victims may never see justice prevailed because the problems that arise after the crime has been resolved ay continue for years. Computers as accessories to crimes are when computer are used to store illegal or stolen information.
Under this subcategory, the computer is used to aid in illegal activities such as a bomb threat, terrorist activities, and drug cartel activity. Technology is a wonderful thing when used for good and wholesome reasons, but the same technology is being used by people who are committing terrible crimes and are hurting many people all over the world. In these cases, the computer is used as a tool to accomplish these crimes. There are various illegal activities like e-mail espionage, credit card fraud, spasms, software piracy and so on, for which the computer is being used.
Criminal activities in the cyberspace are on the rise. Computer crime, cybercafé, e-crime, hi-tech crime or electronic crime generally refers to criminal activity where a computer or network is the source, tool, target, or place of a crime. Additionally, the terms computer crime or cybercafé are restricted to describing criminal activity in which the computer or network is a necessary part of the crime. (Skull, 2010) The computer has been a very important component in allowing people who are involved in organized crime to carry out their initiatives.
There are so many movies that enact some of these topic lines and one might think that these are Holly/add stories, but in all actuality, some of these enactments are actually happening right this very moment. As technology and computers continue to improve, there will be people who will be looking for opportunities to cause havoc against society. The computer is a tool that most people use on a daily basis to accomplish the simple things that most people take for granted, but there are people who will continue to use the same technology for evil.
God has created everything in His glory, but He still allows individuals to make free choices. Isaiah 5:20 states, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for Computer Targeting is when someone uses their computer to send harmful files or viruses to another person’s computer. It usually causes harm to the hard drive of the computer and could ruin the computer and important information could be lost.
This type of criminal activity usually happens on a personal level, but not to say that it does not happen in the business world. One of the most popular areas that could be at risk is the cloud technology that’s being used by individuals and businesses alike. Cloud storage is a type of data storage where digital data is stored in logical pools (the cloud), the physical storage spans across multiple servers and they are typically owned by an actual hosting company. The hosting companies are responsible for keeping the data available and most importantly, keeping the data safe.
With the nuance of cloud storage, the hard disk on your personal computer will have more flexibility because a great deal of the data that was typically stored on the radar drive will now be stored in the cloud. There is a great deal of concern about the possibility of the cloud being hacked by unintended users. The security is as good as the company managing the cloud and there are a number of people who might have access to the data, whom also could be placed in compromising situations if the opportunity Were to exist. Many businesses use cloud computing for data storage.
This feature provides the business a cost effective solution to store as much data as necessary and at the same time provide related data backup, recovery and business continuity benefits. However, it also introduces the risk of not having full control over the data storage as it is physically outside the control of the business. (Cravings, 2013) Cloud storage is a great way for businesses to control their cost and maintain their storage in a more efficient manner, but on the flip side there is an outside chance that their data could be at risk.
This type of technology is very new and the security of these clouds will continue to be a point of emphasis for the service providers. In conclusion, cybercafés are increasing and the people who are committing these crimes are getting away cause there is very little legislation in prosecuting these types of crimes. The people who become victims of these crimes are left in a difficult position because in most cases once they have been victimized, there is very little restitution that is available.
The criminals who commit these crimes are getting smarter and they seem to continually find loop holes around the system and in the process they have the ability to ruin hard working people lives in one failed swoop. Cybercafés is a point of focus of the United States Department of Justice and other federal agencies, because this is a real robber and right now they seem to getting out smarted by cyber-criminals. God created technology and it was created to make a positive impact on the world.
Even though technology was created with good intentions, evil minds can get involved and use the same thing to fulfill their evil purpose. Genesis 50:20 States, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives”(Nil). Most people will be impacted by some type of cybercafé in one way or another, but it’s important know that God is in control of all things and he will deal with all evil doers in His perfect timing. It’s nice to know that this type of crime is on the radar, but it is going to be an uphill battle.