We are facing a new era of cybercrimes. Unfortunately, new crimes and new criminals – especially the greedy, white-collar sophisticated ones – emerged due to misuse of information technology (IT).
According to global statistics, reported losses from cybercrime run in billions of dollars. This is very grave and harmful to economic and social development across the world.
Cybercrime poses a real and persistent threat to businesses, governments and financial institutions. Common types of cybercrime include hacking, identity theft, copyright infringement, child pornography, trespassing and phishing.
In criminology lessons we learn that “a change in the offence causes a continuous change in the defence”. There is a genuine need to change the laws to tackle computer crimes. The actus reus of e-criminals is maliciously achieved through different IT software programmes such as viruses, malwares, Trojans, spywares, hackers, DDoS attacks, spams, SQL injections. There are umpteen number of such programmes and what is unknown in the “dark web” is more and more.
Every day we are victims of new grave dangerous computer crimes. The ransomware epidemic is now everyone’s problem. This is the fastest growing crime in the world and there is an urgent need to work harder and to fix it. In addition to the personal level, governments and the whole community must work together to create stricter cyber security strategies, before it is too late.
Digital revolution is transforming the world and is really needed to power our future. We need to accommodate and live with its pros and cons. However, tougher cybercrime legislation is an integral part of a cybersecurity strategy. Let’s work tirelessly and effectively to control or minimise cybercrimes and defeat criminals.
The author is a legal consultant