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Cyber Crime

Cyber Crime



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cyber crime and its imapct and the extent of the problem.and the indian law about cyber crime
cyber crime and its imapct and the extent of the problem.and the indian law about cyber crime

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Crime is a social and economic phenomenon and is as old as the humansociety. As, Life is about a mix of good and evil, so is the Internet. For all thegood it does to us, cyberspace has its dark sides too. The Internet is undeniablyopen to exploitation. Known as cyber crimes, these activities involve the use of computers, the Internet, cyberspace and the World Wide Web. Cyber crime is thelatest and perhaps the most complicated problem in the cyber world.
. Cyber crime is an evil having its origin in the growing dependence on computers inmodern life. In a day and age when everything from microwave ovens andrefrigerators to nuclear power plants is being run on computers, cyber crime hasassumed rather sinister implications. While the worldwide scenario on cyber crime looks bleak, the situation inIndia isn't any better. Cyber crimes in India are slowly evolving from a simple e-mail crime to more serious crimes like hacking and source code theft. Cases of spam, hacking, cyber stalking and email fraud are rampant despite the enactmentof the Information Technology Act, 2000, the India’s Cyber Law and setting up of cyber crimes cells in major cities. The problem is that most cases remainunreported due to a lack of awareness.So, the need of the hour is to make the masses aware of the Cyber Crimeitself and their rights and duties in relation to Cyber Crime. As, it is only then canthis growing menace be checked.So, in the present report an attempt has been made to describe the varioustypes of cyber crimes and the present scenario on the cyber crime and the preventive measures that should be taken up to protect ourselves.1
The word CYBER SPACE was coined by Willliam Gibson in the science fiction NEUROMANCER, in the year 1984. It is used as a means of denoting the apparent or virtual location within which electronic activities take place. Of late, the word Cyber has become a loose synonym for electronics. Cyber Space therefore is a place where peoplemeet not physically but virtually and communicate with each other electronically. 
Cyber Space is the aggregate of Intranets, Internet and World Wide Web.
The Internet has opened up a whole new virtual heaven for the people both goodand bad, cleaver and naïve to enter and interact with a lot of diverse cultures andsubcultures, geography and demographics being no bar. The rise of the Internet as one of the most significant communication and business platforms of this century has come withits own set of issues and concerns. While the Net has brought a host of benefits to thecommon person and to enterprises, it is also having to grapple with major challenges, primary among them security.The very same virtues of Internet when gone in wrong hands or when exploited by people with dirty minds and malicious intentions make it virtual hell. Due to popularity of Internet, hacking or breaking into somebody into else’s computer is more popular and automated than ever.There are various frauds of computer and internet related crimes. The mostcommon is the use of viruses to corrupt and destroy data stored in computer systems. Theforms of crimes like impersonation, theft of credit card information, e-gambling,espionage, harassment, pornography are on a rise due to the growth of the medium.2
Cyber crime consists of specific crimes dealing with computers and networks(such as hacking) and the facilitation of traditional crime through the use of computers.According to US Department of Justice and the council of Europe, the term Cyber Crime refers to “
wide range of crimes that involve computers and networks
”.In additional to cyber crime, there is also “computer-supported crime” whichcovers the use of computers by criminals for communication, documentation or datastorage.The computer may be used as a tool in the following kinds of activity- financialcrimes, sale of illegal articles, pornography, online gambling, intellectual property crime,e-mail spoofing, forgery, cyber defamation, cyber stalking.The computer may however be target for unlawful acts in the following cases-unauthorized access to computer/ computer system/ computer networks, theft of information contained in the electronic form, e-mail bombing, data didling, salamiattacks, logic bombs, Trojan attacks, internet time thefts, web jacking, theft of computer system, physically damaging the computer system.
The cyber criminals constitute of various groups/ category.
Some cyber criminals are techie mavericks who take pleasure in writing andreleasing destructive viruses.
Others are suit-wearing professionals who steal copies of their employers'customer databases to take with them when they quit.
Some are con artists with plans to scam personal information from consumers anduse it for financial gain.
Some are there just for fun3

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