ISSN : 2319-7323


Open Access


Title : Cybercrime: The Downside of the Global Internet
Authors : Percy Okae
Keywords : Internet, World Wide Web (WWW), cybercrimes.
Issue Date : May 2013
Abstract : Although, the Internet had existed for many decades as the ARPANET since 1969, it was only after 1991 when the British MIT professor, Sir Tim Beners-Lee, invented the World Wide Web (WWW), which also runs on the Internet that the Internet attained the heights it has to this end. This major technological breakthrough helped cement the Internet in the annals of technology history because of the way it has impacted the World in information dissemination. Today, at the click of a computer mouse, one reaches a friend or family member thousands of miles away because of this extraordinary breakthrough. However, notwithstanding these positives, our confidential files and even our individual lives have become a target for would-be criminals who have specialized in the art of hacking into people’s computers or intercepting people’s electronic messages. These kinds of crimes are simply termed as cybercrimes. Through cybercrimes, criminals have been able to intercept people’s credit card details and used them to withdraw their monies. Others have also stolen people’s identities and managed to escape the long arms of the law for many years whilst the victims of such crimes fought very hard to prove their innocence. The World and indeed all who use the computer in one way or the other are at risk from these incorrigible social deviants who go to all lengths to rob people in cyberspace. This paper seeks to investigate the causes of these types of crimes and prescribe recommendations for their global combat.
Page(s) : 50-54
ISSN : 2319-7323
Source : Vol. 2, No.3