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Cybercrime is a term that describes a wide range of illegal activities committed online. These include crimes such as fraud, trafficking in child pornography and intellectual property, identity theft, cyberstalking, and violation of privacy.

Cybercriminals often use a variety of tools to commit their attacks, including social engineering and phishing methods. They can also steal passwords or other confidential information through malware attacks and exploited security vulnerabilities on computers, networks and smart devices.

Criminals are motivated by a desire to gain illicit profit from personal and corporate data. They can target individuals, businesses or governments to steal this data and sell it on the dark web for resale.

The Internet makes it easier for crime to happen at a faster pace and with greater anonymity than ever before. However, this has its drawbacks.

A recent study found that more than 80% of people in the UK have been victims of some form of cybercrime at least once in their lifetimes. This is a significant problem for all users of the Internet, especially those who are vulnerable to attack because they have weak passwords, use unsafe websites or have other online vulnerabilities.

Unlike traditional crime, which has many different underlying causes and effects, cybercrime is a specialized activity that requires specific expertise by the perpetrators.

Cybercriminals usually employ a team of experts to create and execute their attacks. These experts might include project managers, coders and technical support staff. The organizational structure of these teams mirrors a typical business model, with management and administrative roles, but also with a large number of sub-specialties.