Cyber Crime Committed on the Internet
Cyber crime is an issue that has been prevalent in this nation ever since the creation of the massive thing we like to call the Internet. The Internet has opened up so many things to all of its users: including online shopping, news, weather, email, online games, and just about anything! From this recent invention creating all of these new things for us, it seems like the Internet could be nothing but great for our society. Yet, what some of us failed to realize was the fact that the door swings both ways. Not only has the Internet created a cyber world of greatness, it has also created a huge threat to our society. The Internet is an extremely scary place, where awful things can happen if one isn’t careful. While the Internet, through cyber harassment or even cyber crime, threatens the privacy of all of us, there are still some things we can do to help prevent the privacy invasion.
A common form of cyber crime that many people tend to forget about or blow off is cyber harassment. Cyber harassment begins most commonly in chat rooms. It can then lead to other crimes, such as rape and murder. In the case of Kacie Rene Woody, a thirteen-year-old girl from Arkansas, her harasser kidnapped her from her home, and brought her to a storage garage where she was potentially raped and then shot to death (Bocij 71). To keep things like this from happening, make sure not to post any sort of personal information like an address or phone number on the Internet. Just with a phone number, a harasser can most likely obtain one’s address and even directions to their house. Cyber bullying comes hand in hand with cyber harassment. Cyber harassment is most commonly seen among children and teenagers, whether it’s through instant messaging or chat rooms. Once a threatening message has been sent, the bully is extremely likely to act out these threats in real life (Belsey).
Another form of cyber crime that is extremely...