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What Are Cyber Crimes?

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Girija Naiksatam Profile
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'.
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Ricky Martin answered

In the era of cyber world as the usage of computers became more
popular, there was expansion in the growth of technology as well, and
the term Cyber became more familiar to the people.
The evolution of Information Technology (IT) gave birth to the cyber
space wherein internet provides equal opportunities to all the people to
access any information, data storage, analyse etc. With the use of high
technology. Due to increase in the number of netizens, misuse of
technology in the cyberspace was clutching up which gave birth to cyber
crimes at the domestic and international level as well.

Though the word Crime carries its general meaning as “a legal wrong
that can be followed by criminal proceedings which may result into
punishment” whereas Cyber Crime may be “unlawful acts wherein the computer is either a tool or target or both”.


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