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What are the different types of internet crimes?

The world is filled with technology, from the internet and cellphones to virtual devices and voice-activated technology. Although it allows people to connect with one another, creates advancements in business and provides access to unlimited resources, the internet can be a dangerous place full of crime.

Millions of companies store employee information and financials in paperless files on the innerweb or in giant databases. People who access this stored communication illegally are often referred to as hackers. People can have their credit card information, social security numbers and other personal data stolen and used for a malicious purpose through hacking and database breaches.

You may not think that social media harassment is a crime. Yet, when people send aggressive, abusive and harassing messages through text or online, they can be charged with a crime. The internet gives sexual offenders an anonymous way to commit crimes. For instance, people can solicit online prostitution and view child pornography from the security of their homes.  

Another type of internet crime occurs when people bid and purchase items online only to find out they have been scammed. After they have wired the money or paid for the item, the item is never sent. Other types of online crimes include the following:

  • Drug trafficking
  • Copyright infringement
  • Blackmail

Phishing occurs when hackers gain access to another person’s or company’s computer system and sends out emails or messages, tricking recipients into thinking the messages are actually coming from the source. Although law enforcement teams are getting better at tracking down internet criminals, many online crimes still go undiscovered and unpunished.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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