[Ebook] Scene of the Cybercrime, Second Edition
Today we live and work in a world of global connectivity. We can exchange casual conversation or
conduct multimillion-dollar monetary transactions with people on the other side of the planet
quickly and inexpensively. The proliferation of personal computers, easy access to the Internet, and a
booming market for related new communications devices have changed the way we spend our leisure
time and the way we do business.
The ways in which criminals commit crimes are also changing. Universal digital accessibility opens
new opportunities for the unscrupulous. Millions of dollars are lost by both businesses and consumers to
computer-savvy criminals. Worse, computers and networks can be used to harass victims or set them up
for violent attacks—even to coordinate and carry out terrorist activities that threaten us all. Unfortunately,
in many cases law enforcement agencies have lagged behind these criminals, lacking the technology and
the trained personnel to address this new and growing threat, which aptly has been termed cybercrime.
Even though interest and awareness of the cybercrime phenomenon have grown in recent years,
many information technology (IT) professionals and law enforcement officers have lacked the tools
and expertise needed to tackle the problem. To make matters worse, old laws didn’t quite fit the crimes
being committed, new laws hadn’t quite caught up to the reality of what was happening, and there
were few court precedents to look to for guidance. Furthermore, debates over privacy issues hampered
the ability of enforcement agents to gather the evidence needed to prosecute these new cases. Finally,
there was a certain amount of antipathy—or at the least, distrust—between the two most important
players in any effective fight against cybercrime: law enforcement agents and computer professionals.
Yet, close cooperation between the two is crucial if we are to control the cybercrime problem and
make the Internet a safe “place” for its users.
Law enforcement personnel understand the criminal mindset and know the basics of gathering
evidence and bringing offenders to justice. IT personnel understand computers and networks, how
they work, and how to track down information on them. Each has half of the key to defeating the
cybercriminal. This book’s goal is to bring the two elements together, to show how they can and
must work together to defend against, detect, and prosecute people who use modern technology
to harm individuals, organizations, businesses, and society.
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