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Computer Forensics Courses are on the rise

Thesis statement: Computer Forensics Courses are on the rise, now, more than ever, to meet the growing threat of cyber crime. Computer Forensics Courses are on the rise, now, more than ever, to meet the growing threat of cyber crime. In todays world, the internet and a computer is often a common feature in many homes. Many people also shop and conduct other business online. This makes it much easier to steal information using the internet and a computer. Cyber crime is on the rise. According to IC3, (The Internet Crime Complaint Center, maintained by the National White Collar Crime Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation), there were 16,838 cyber crimes in 2000. That number has increased to 275,284 in 2008. The data for 2009 are not on the IC3 website yet. This is the number of complaints filed online. These figures come only from those respondents who reported the crimes. Cyber Crime is a problem that seems to be growing daily. There are also different types of cyber crime: o o o o o o Phishing Identity theft Financial theft Corporate espionage Terrorism Steganography, which is encrypting graphics with hidden data (which may or may not be used in a negative way) o o o o Hacking Child pornography Pornography Viruses/Trojans/Worms

This is just to name a few. In 1990, I started getting into computers. I love working with computers. I learned how to repair computers. I also started learning to program, and did take a course in GW Basic. I was also interested in learning to program in C, C++ and Assembly. I found the best place to get clean code for Assembly Language was in virus chat room on IRC, which stand for Internet Relay Chat, and the best place to learn about C and C++ was in the hacking chat rooms on IRC. I would not call myself a hacker because I do not have the necessary knowledge, but I did learn enough to get into my computer if I lock myself out of it. The point of the previous paragraph is to point out how easy it is to gather information to commit cyber crime. That was back in 1990, but I would be loath to go there now. Especially after 9/11, my innocent garnering of knowledge would look as anything but innocent. My reason was a legitimate wanting to learn, but if I had been a criminal, it certainly would not have been so innocent. It is not just in the office this happens. War driving is just one method of garnering information. War driving is driving around a neighborhood looking for a wireless signal in order to piggyback. If a criminal uses your signal to download pirated or illegal software, or commits other crimes, you, the wireless owner would be responsible for any crimes committed. The following charts bear out the rise in cyber crime, which also shows why the Computer Forensics courses are on the rise.

From January 1, 2008 December 31, 2008, there were 275,284 complaints filed online with IC3. This is a 33.1% increase compared to 2007 when 206,884 complaints were received. Tracking of this data began in 2000, when there were 16,838 complaints. Since then, complaints doubled each year to 2004, when they hit 207,449. From 2004 through 2007 they remained around the same threshold. In 2008, there was again a spike of approximately 75,000 complaints that took it to the 275,284 total.

References Sara Peters, Senior Editor, Computer Security Institute