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