Definition: Cyber crimes, in the broadest sense, can range anywhere from phishing, spoofing, DDoS attack, or illegally downloading any type of copyrighted software, or media. Usually cyber crimes are done over the Internet, or a local computer network which oftentimes have access to the Internet ("What is cybercrime," 2011).


Context 1:

One of the reasons cyber crimes developed was out of the perceived notion that software companies were charging too much money for their software that was unwarranted. Individuals would take it upon themselves to copy software that they were able to come across, and then be able to distribute the software themselves at a greatly reduced price to their customer, but at a 100% profit to the hacker. These habits aren't solely confined to software, now that music has gone completely digital, people have taken it upon themselves to copy the artist's music as well (Dvorak, 2011).


Context 2:

Another reason why cyber crimes have developed was because of the increased speeds of home based broadband services. This has made it very easy for people to do a lot more with their Internet connection, like banking online for instance. The Internet has become the new frontier for criminals who can now access people's banking accounts without leaving the comfort of their home. With using phishing techniques, and spoofing e-mail accounts, hackers can emulate your bank or online credit card company to ask for your personal information ("Superfast broadband will," 2011).

On the next page, we will talk about the impacts of cyber crimes on your everyday life.

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