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Cybercrime is any criminal act that takes place in a computer network, typically facilitated by the internet. It is a growing phenomenon, partly due to the increased reliance on technology in our daily lives. It is also a growing concern because of the difficulty in tracking criminal acts involving technology. The global economy relying on technology makes it easy for criminals to hide their tracks.

A cybercriminal attack can cause a variety of problems for businesses, ranging from loss of personal information to the theft of intellectual property or even the destabilization of stock prices. One of the most common types of cybercrimes involves phishing campaigns that use authentic-looking emails to trick employees into downloading attachments or clicking on links containing viruses or malware that infect their computers or mobile devices. Another popular cybercrime involves launching distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), which slow down or even interrupt services on a server or entire network.

The internet allows criminals to access data and victims located across the globe in seconds. They can manipulate and corrupt files to commit crimes such as fraud, hacking, illegal gambling, online stalking, or the distribution of child pornography. Criminals can even hack into systems within a corporation or government bureaucracy to steal private information or to alter data for financial gain or political objectives.

As a result of this proliferation of cybercrime, there are many definitions, typologies, and taxonomies that attempt to distinguish between different types of cyber-dependent or -enabled offences. The majority of these classification systems, however, focus on the distinction between criminal-intent based offence versus technical-based offences.