Computer Crime

First, let me define computer crime: “Computer crime, or cybercrime, is any crime that involves a computer and a network. The computer may have been used in the commission of a crime, or it may be the target” (Wikipedia). If I were asked two years ago whether or not I thought computer crime could be stopped, I would answer the question reflecting my negative experience and that answer would have been no.

However, I believe it depends upon the type of cybercrime. For example, if someone uses a computer to illegally obtain financial information, sell drugs, bullying or solicit sex, locating and stopping those individuals would be a matter of tracking the CPU’s unique identification numbers and the location of the unit and either blocking or deleting the website. Depending upon the severity of the computer crime, the perpetrator could be arrested and convicted.

Today, there are various types of security software available for websites that detect suspicious activities and helps to filter spam. However, if the crime has to do with hacking, whether it is because the hacker’s intent is to test his/her hacking skills, hacking to make a statement, or to destroy a particular website, this type of cybercrime is proving to be more challenging to prevent. Hackers are usually highly skilled technicians.

Also, every time advanced malware becomes available, it is a matter of time before hackers discover ways to breach the encryption and hack websites. “Most companies encounter multiple cyber attacks every day, many unknown to the public and many unknown to the companies themselves” (Walters, Riley).