WHAT IS CYBER CRIME AND CYBER TERRORISM

All you need to know about cyber crime and cyber terrorism.

CHAMAN LAW FIRM

3/2/2022 2 min read

WHAT IS CYBER CRIME AND CYBER TERRORISM

The advent of technology, digital marketing and social media has been of immense help to the society in every sector, businesses, dissemination of information, politics and everything we can possibly think of. However, there is also increase in crime rate as criminals use new technologies to commit cyberattacks against governments, businesses and individuals. There is a rise in the crime rate and many are traceable to the internet. Cyber crimes, frauds and even threats is becoming rapid in recent times. Cybercrime is a type of crime that takes place in cyberspace, or in the realm of computers and the Internet.

Categories of Cybercrime in Nigeria:

1. Cybercrimes against People:

Cybercrimes against people include cyber harassment and stalking, e-mail phishing, the dissemination of child pornography, various sorts of spoofing, credit card fraud, human trafficking, identity theft, and online connected libel or slander.

2. Cybercrime against property:

Examples of cybercrimes against properties include Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, hacking, virus transmission, cyber and typosquatting, computer vandalism, copyright infringement, and Intellectual Property Right (IPR) breaches.

3. Cybercrime against the Government:

When a cybercrime is committed against the government, it is said to be an attack on the sovereignty of a nation and an act of war. Examples of Cyber crimes against a government are Hacking, gaining access to confidential information, cyber warfare, cyber terrorism, and the use of pirated software 

CYBER TERRORISM

This is a type of cybercrime that can be done against a government (a nation). Cyberterrorism can be defined as the intentional use of computers, networks, and public internet to cause destruction and harm for personal objectives. Cyberterrorism is the use of the Internet to conduct violent acts that result in, or threaten, the loss of life or significant bodily harm, in order to achieve political or ideological gains through threat or intimidation.

Experienced cyberterrorists, who are very skilled in terms of hacking can cause massive damage to government systems and might leave a country in fear of further attacks. There is much concern from government and media sources about potential damage that could be caused by cyberterrorism, and this has prompted efforts by government agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to put an end to cyber attacks and cyberterrorism.

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