Cybercrime. No longer just a sci-fi concept from the 80’s but a very real and present threat. Sounds ominous right? But seriously, the technological shift that has occurred over the past few decades has altered our modern life in such a drastic way that there’s just gotta be repercussions. In 2007 the US government experienced a little hacker problem that lead Obama to declare the nations cyber infrastructure a critical asset, with terabytes upon terabytes of sensitive government information on the line (i.e. Do aliens exist?). Some of the present dangers we face within Cyberspace can be traced back to computer revolution and the Internet, when crime and security were not so much an issue (although people even got nosy in the days of the telegraph). Computer technology evolved from ‘centralized mainframe computation’ to the decentralized ‘networks of networks’, the one network to rule them all, yep that’s right the Internet.
We all know what that is right? Well you are on it right now so I am just going to take that as a yes. The Internet hugely altered social and commercial life. It became available to the MASSES (Cyberspace: 1 700 000 000 and counting). The Internet is now a natural part of my life, I feel like I have had it forever and never want to let it go. It has induced economic growth and a whole new world of communication. It is the driving force in global economy and it is a community. The Internet drives a wave of demand for information and has created the concept of ‘immaterial products’… However the open and insecure nature of our old pal ‘www’ has not only attracted us (innocent and trustworthy folk) but some real scallywags (e.g. Jake’s Communities). The Internet, believe it or not, is an attractive medium for crime. The task of policing Cyberspace is a big one. Requiring human and social control considerations. The task of policing Cyberspace is also extremely challenging. The capacity of law enforcement and the justice system is challenged by the resource-intensive and abstract nature of Cyberspace. Due to the new nature of the problem the law enforcement was increasingly finding itself ill-equipped and ill-trained to tackle the problem. New technologies have been adopted successfully and training is now implemented to help out down at the cop shop, however the challenge still remains. How can you stop someone who is anonymous, has global reach, can move with lightening quick speed and leaves barely any evidence?
Nhan, J (2010) ‘Policing Cyberspace: A Structural and Cultural Analysis’, LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, TX, USA.