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Cyber-Crime

Cybercrime is criminal activity involving computer technology. According to Elizabeth Kitchen and Bill Fulks, “Any crime committed via the internet is a cybercrime. Most cybercrimes cannot be placed into a single category, thus making cybercrime statistics difficult to compile”. (Kitchen & Fulks, 2010) Due to the nature of cybercrimes, it is hard to sometimes pin-point who actually completed the crime.  When the tricks of cybercrimes are revealed, cyber criminals will advance their efforts and work around roadblocks that have been placed in their path on the internet.  Some cybercrimes include financial fraud, identity theft, harassment, bullying, intimidation, child enticement, and other sexual crimes. Cybercrimes impacts the criminal justice system on a global level by enabling criminals from all over the world to access accounts and other information in various countries. One of the biggest crimes includes financial crimes, and they can occur various different ways. A criminal in another country can access account information by actually speaking with a person and obtaining their account information, or by never speaking to a person and accessing their account electronically. On a bigger scale, globally cyber-crime is difficult to detect and especially punish. Because crime and punishment are so different in various countries, it is difficult to find consistency with punishing such crimes. If a cyber-criminal is caught, it is difficult to obtain evidence unless the entire computer system can be obtained.