The Present Cybercrime: Operational and Instructive Experiences

The Present Cybercrime: Operational and Instructive Experiences

Antonio Apruzzese (Italian National Police, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-872-7.ch012
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Abstract

The preponderant role played by the computer means, which is the more and more direct aim of the criminal action through sophisticated computer technologies, incites to reconsider the classical criminological and victimological patterns. In fact, new kinds of criminality linked to the use of sophisticated computer technologies, which are taking up the state agencies in the activities of prevention and repression, have recently assumed aspects of great and worrying importance. So, the need to formulate suitable training course of the personnel of those police branch (Postal and Communication Police of the Italian National Police), specialized in countering the high tech crime, is becoming more and more compulsory.
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New Cybercrimes

The new crimes, especially based on the digital identity theft, are mainly oriented to the sector of the online banking services, the monetics (automated monetary system composed by credit cards and electronic money in general) and the e-commerce.

The common and substantial characterizing element is the embezzlement of the confidential data, which permit the access and the availability of online bank accounts and the use of credit cards and other electronic means of payment.

In the e-commerce the digital identity theft is often used even to commit frauds in behalf of unaware third parties.

We clearly believe that transnational organized criminal groups are conducting the ranks of those innovative criminal activities insuring the highest profit and the lowest risk concerning the whole occidental world.

Among the most familiar online banking system attacks there is the so called “phishing”.

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