The largely accepted definition of cyber crime is 'unlawful acts wherein the computer is either a tool or a target or both' and is 'punishable by the Information Technology Act'. Seeing as how, all systems and technology today is computer dependent, the incidents of cyber crime are greatly on the rise. There are various offenses that can be charged under cyber crime. Some of them include, Hacking which is defined as 'an illegal intrusion into a computer system and/or network'. Child Pornography is another crime that I very rampant today. Cyber Stalking which refers to the incessant actions of harassment towards a innocent victim, virus dissemination, piracy as far as software is concerned, credit card fraud, and most lately phishing which refers to the 'act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft'.
Types of cyber crimes and ways to minimize them