internet, as we know, has grown rapidly over
the last decade. It has given rise to many
avenues in every field we can think of – be
it education, entertainment, business, or
sports. However with every boon there is
a curse too. This curse is Cybercrime –
illegal activities committed over the internet.
internet, along with its advantages, has
also exposed us to security risks.
Computers today are being misused for
unlawful activities like e-mail espionage,
credit card fraud, spam, software piracy,
spreading of viruses
and so on, which invade our privacy and
offend our senses. Criminal activities over
internet are on the rise.
is a term used broadly to describe criminal
activity in which computers or networks are
a tool, a target, or a place of criminal
activity. These categories are not exclusive
and many activities can be characterized as
falling in one or more categories. Although the term cybercrime is usually
restricted to describing criminal activity
in which the computer or network is an
essential part of the crime, this term is
also used to include traditional crimes in
which computers or networks are used to
enable the illicit activity.
"The modern thief can
steal more with a computer than with a gun.
Tomorrow's terrorist may be able to do more
damage with a keyboard than with a bomb".
National Research Council,
"Computers at Risk", 1991