Who Is Affected By Computer Crimes ?  

All of us use computers and Internet to make our lives at home, school and office easier. We cannot imagine a life without computers and Internet and they have become a part and parcel of our day-to-day lives. That is why when it comes computer crimes, all of us are affected.

With the growing popularity of the Internet, more and more people around the world are getting computer literate and are using the Internet to conduct business, keep in touch with friends and family or just for leisure. Therefore, if we ask who is affected by computer crimes, the answer would be all us -- businesses and individuals. Even governments are affected by computer crimes as they are targets of hackers and computer intrusions, and they lose valuable time and money investigating these crimes.

Many people have a very simplistic view on computer crimes. They feel that because the number of users has increased, so have the perpetrators. Although this is true to a certain extent, it does not take into consideration the ease and anonymity the Internet offers cyber criminals. It is this aspect that allows the con and scam artists opportunities just like in the real world. Online criminals take advantage of the technology that has made Internet possible and use it for their personal gain.

In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission is the main body for investigating cyber crimes. However, they work in tandem with other law enforcement agencies like the FBI and local and state law enforcement agencies. One of the most prevalent computer crimes in the United States is identity theft. It is estimated that around 10 million people fall victims to this crime and it ends up costing consumers $5 billion and businesses $48 billion annually. The American economy loses billions of dollars annually due to computer crimes and fraud.

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