One of the many ways to examine cybercrime involves studying how the computer is involved in the criminal act. Three types of computer crimes commonly occur: computer-assisted crime, computer-targeted crime, and computer-incidental crime. The differentiating factor is how the computer is specifically involved from the criminal’s point of view. Just as crime is not a new phenomenon, neither are computers, and cybercrime has a history of several decades.

What is new is how computers are involved in criminal activities. The days of simple teenage hacking activities from a bedroom have been replaced by organizedcrime–controlled botnets (groups of computers commandeered by a malicious hacker) and acts designed to attack specific targets. ...

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