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How to Fight Cybercrime


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has set up several agencies to fight cybercrime. It has also developed a database for countries to use in prosecuting cybercriminals. The database contains case law, legislation, electronic evidence and other information about cybercrime. Its goal is to give governments a clearer picture of the extent and nature of cybercrime.

The most common form of cybercrime involves a criminal gaining access to a victim’s private information. This information can be used to carry out financial crimes or steal funds. Cybercriminals can also use this information to engage in health insurance fraud and tax fraud. These criminals can obtain personal information through social media or hacking or by sending phishing emails.

The federal and state governments have passed laws aimed at fighting cybercrime. Some of these laws have specific targets, such as financial institutions. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, for example, focuses on financial institutions and is aimed at protecting private information. Various other laws are also in place to combat particular types of cybercrime. In fact, over half of states have some sort of cybercrime law in place.

Cybercriminals leave behind clues to identify themselves and their location. These clues can be traced by a skilled tracker. The use of international cybercrime treaties can help law enforcement authorities track down suspects.