Define computer crime and its various forms.

Define computer crime and its various forms.


Alternatively referred to as cyber crimee-crimeelectronic crime, or hi-tech crime. Computer crime is an act performed by a knowledgeable computer user, sometimes referred to as a hacker that illegally browses or steals a company's or individual's private information. In some cases, this person or group of individuals may be malicious and destroy or otherwise corrupt the computer or data files.

Below is a listing of the different types of computer crimes today. Clicking on any of the links below gives further information about each crime.
  • Child pornography - Making or distributing child pornography.
  • Cyber terrorism - Hacking, threats, and blackmailing towards a business or person.
  • Cyberbully or Cyberstalking - Harassing others online.
  • Creating Malware - Writing, creating, or distributing malware (e.g. viruses and spyware.)
  • Denial of Service attack - Overloading a system with so many requests it cannot serve normal requests.
  • Espionage - Spying on a person or business.
  • Fraud - Manipulating data, e.g. changing banking records to transfer money to an account.
  • Harvesting - Collect account or other account related information on other people.

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