Chapter 1

Introduction to Internet Crime

This chapter introduces the prevalence of crime committed on the Internet. It utilizes the available studies and reports commissioned by various companies, organizations, and the US government to articulate the Internet crime problem.

Key Words

Internet crime; HTCIA; Norton; Computer Security Institute; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Internet Crime Complaint Center

The Internet is like a giant jellyfish. You can’t step on it. You can’t go around it. You’ve got to get through it.

(John B. Evans, former senior News Corporation executive and pioneer in electronic publishing, 1938–2004)

In less then 20 years, the Internet has affected every element of modern society. Worldwide Internet usage increased from almost ...

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