The Pros And Cons Of Cyber Crimes

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Cyber criminals are often able to get away with their crimes and avoid persecution by the law because of jurisdictional issues. Since cybercrime is not limited by physical boundaries, cyber criminals are able to victimize people regardless of their geographic location. However, because different states and nations have different laws, cyber criminals often get away as authorities cannot enforce laws in other jurisdictions. For example, in May 2000, a virus known as the “love bug” emerged from the Philippines. This virus infected computers worldwide and caused huge losses to many large corporations such as the Ford Motor company. In spite of this, the perpetrator of this crime was never persecuted because the effected nations did not have jurisdiction…show more content…
Many crimes that would otherwise be considered serious legal offenses are thus often not taken as seriously when committed via a virtual platform. For example, while threating bodily harm or death would be considered as serious offenses in the physical world, the same actions when performed through a digital platform are often dismissed as non-serious. In one such case in the U.S, a man named Jake Baker used email communication with a friend to list descriptive gruesome details of his fantasy to sexually assault one of his female classmates. However, when the case went to court, Jake was never charged because authorities did not classify this incident as a threat (Kshetri 2009). In another well-known case, a software developer and blogger known as Kathy Sierra was swamped by numerous rape threats and death threats via the online world. The cyber bullies went to horrifying extremes to haunt Ms. Sierra by posting edited photos of her screaming while being strangled by lingerie and dread-inducing pictures of her with a noose beside her neck. Furthermore, these cyber criminals even publicly displayed Ms. Sierra’s social security number and home address online. These appalling incidences of vitriolic behavior left Kathy Sierra feeling violated and unsafe within her own home, however when she reported these incidents to the police, the authorities didn’t classify them as a serious threat (Citron 2009). Another form of cybercrime that is often dismissed as being non-serious by the authorities is cyber-stalking. Cyber-stalking can lead to grave consequences for the victims; however, since most jurisdictions do not have any laws against this, cyber-stalkers often go unpunished. One inexcusable case of this behaviour involves a cyber stalker by the name of
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