CLICK CLEVER: Social Education for Digital Tardives and Digital Immigrants

Online Crimes


Online Crimes

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At the end of this module you will be able to: ⚫ Understand the context of Online-Crimes; ⚫ Identify Online – Crimes; ⚫ Reach out ways to prevent and protect yourself from Online Crimes;

The Online-Crimes Course aims to develop the understanding around the Online-Crimes context and their framework. Through this course people will be able to identify the Cyber-Crimes and their sources, as well as be familiar with the concept of Internet Safety. The course starts with an introduction to the Online Crimes by analyzing the concept of online crimes. It describes the kinds, categories and types of online crimes, as well as represents tricks on how to recognize them. Furthermore the course portrays the concept of safety on internet.

 Contents in bullet points
1. Online Crimes 1.1. Introduction to Online Crimes 1.1.1. What is an Online-Crime? 1.1.2. Kinds of Online-Crimes 1.1.3. Categories of Online-Crimes 1.1.4. Types of Online-Crimes 1.1.5. How to recognize an Online Crime? 1.2. Safety on the net 1.2.1. Definition of Internet Safety 1.2.2. Rules of Internet Safety


 Online Crimes

Introduction to Online Crimes

  What is an Online-Crime?


  • Cybercrime or Online crime or computer-oriented crime is referred to that type of illegal action, in which computer and internet represent the object and the medium, respectively, through which the crime has been conducted;

  • Online crimes are comprised of offences against individuals, government or property, having a criminal motive. They have the intention to harm someone or a group of people emotionally, physically, economically or their reputation;


  Kinds of Online-Crimes

  • Online Crimes that have as a target devices or networks;
  • Online Crimes that use devices as the medium of the criminal activities;

  Categories of Online-Crimes

  • Individual: the online criminal spreads illegal or malicious information for a person online;
  • Property: the online criminal steals someone’s back details or credit card;
  • Government: the online criminal conducts a crime against the government, known also as Online or Cyber Terrorism;

  Types of Online-Crimes

  • Identity Theft: the online criminal is gaining access to the personal information of a user in order to intercept confidential information, steal funds, as well as commit a tax fraud;
  • Hacking: the online criminal illegally overrides security in order to gain access at someone’s else computer system;
  • Piracy: the illegal copy and distribution of music, programs, movies or other intellectual property;

  • Cyberstalking: the criminal commits online harassment;
  • Illegal content: disperses inappropriate content that includes offensive and distressing information;
  • Online Scams: the online criminal sends spam e-mails full of rewards promises, offers, as well amount of money;
  • Phishing: the online criminal sends e-mails with malicious URLs or attachments to gain access to their computer and their accounts;
  • Online Spams: the online criminal sends spam e-mails full of rewards promises, offers, as well amount of money;
  • D. DoS Attacks: the online criminal uses this method to make an online service unavailable. It captures the site in order to take the network down;

  How to recognize an Online Crime?

  • The information systems and the technologies that people use are represented as a coin with two sides. The one hand has opportunities and the other one threats. In the latter it is really important to preserve the integrity of the “crime scene” and its clues.
  • The sources of these clues may be presented through