What kinds of cybercrimes are common today?

What kinds of cybercrimes are common today?

Cybercrimes are particularly troublesome in today’s world, because everyone and everything is online. Whether it’s your Social Security number or a link to your bank account, nearly everyone has some kind of information on the Web.

The problem with the easy access of the Internet is the ability it provides for some people to cause trouble and to participate in crimes. For instance, child pornography rings may use the Internet to share, download, upload and save videos or photos of children in sexual situations.

Social media outlets allow for more cyberbullying situations, which were nearly unheard of just a decade ago. Email harassment, eBay fraud and cyberstalking are all common concerns.

As a defendant accused of a cybercrime, know that you’re not alone. There are many reasons for a person to be caught up in a cybercrime case, but it’s also well-known that not everyone who is accused is actually guilty of a crime. Thanks to open IP addresses, public workspaces, and shared computers, it’s possible for you to be accused of a crime committed by another person.

Of course, you can fight back against false accusations, but you need to make sure you protect your reputation, too. Even the idea that you might be involved in criminal activities could make it harder for you to talk with family and friends, or the case could put a strain on your work. You deserve the help you need to get through this difficult time, and you can fight back and prevent your name from being released to the media before you’ve been formally charged.

Source: Baltimore Police Department, “Cyber Crimes,” accessed June 16, 2016

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