The Future of Digital Crimes and Digital Terrorism 2 The Future of Digital Crimes and Digital Terrorism Scenarios depict the increasing problem of digital crime, and terrorism is numerous and impossible to ignore; terrorists laundering money and using the Internet to steal billions of dollars in an instant, and nation states launching cyber attacks to destroy their enemies in ways more lethal. However, the dangers posed by cybercriminals and terrorists are real and present unique and difficult challenges to law enforcement and other governmental officials. The number and sophistication of cyber attacks have increased dramatically over the past five years and is expected to continue to grow (Snow, 2011). With enough time, motivation, funding, and a persistent adversary will likely be able to penetrate any system that is accessible directly from the Internet (Snow, 2011). It's hard to state that our critical infrastructure the backbone of our country’s economic prosperity, national security, and public health will remain unscathed and always be available when needed (Snow, 20011). A breach by unauthorized intruders into the parent company of NASDAQ is an example of the kind of breaches directed against important financial infrastructure while it shows the difficulty of determining precise attribution (Snow, 2011). The FBI has identified that the most significant cyber threats to our nation are those with high intent and capability to inflict damage or death in the U.S., to acquire illicit assets obtain illegally sensitive or classified U.S. military intelligence, or economic information (Snow, 2011). As both an intelligence and law enforcement agency, for example, FBI can address every facet of a cyber case from collecting information on the subjects to learn more about their networks to dismantling those networks and prosecuting the individual perpetrators (Taylor, 2006). Cyber criminal threats to the U.S. result in significant economic losses, however, the threat against financial institutions is only part of the problem. There are grave concerns over threats to critical infrastructure, the theft of intellectual property, and supply
Digital Crime Theories 3 Digital Crime Theories: Attempts at Explaining What Causes Crime When you find yourself a victim of digital crime, you may ask yourself what makes a person commit a digital crime? Naturally you would want to know what made them do this to you, and why you were targeted. There are several theories that can help to answer these questions. Two of these theories are the self-control theory, and the variations of the learning theory. How do these theories relate to crime in general, and are there other ways of explaining why someone will commit a crime? There are many things that go into answering these questions, and we will talk about that here. It is important to understand some of these theories, in order to gain some understanding of criminal behavior. The first theory, the self-control theory, is based on a social control theory. It is based on a person’s self-control or their ability to control their actions (Taylor, Fritsch, & Liederbach, 2015). This theory states that a person is likely to commit a crime if they have little self-control.