Cybercrime is the “use of a computer as an instrument to further illegal ends, such as committing fraud, trafficking in child pornography and intellectual property, stealing identifies, or violating privacy” according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica (2014, November 2). This topic became one of the top priorities for the Attorney General Eric Holder of the Department of Justice. The key areas include internet stalking, computer hacking and intellectual property, and forensics.
Some examples of major achievements includes 21 individuals charged in the United States for alleged roles in International Internet Fraud Scheme as reported by Ferrer (2014, December 8). Another example came from Haag (2014, December 8) involving prosecution of Internet Hacktivist Group Anonymous. The 3rd example was reported in 2011 but it is important to mention to raise awareness on the severity cybercrime has developed into. On November 4, 2011 a Malaysian citizen was sentenced for 10 years imprisonment by the United States District Judge Dora Irizarry for his crime of hacking into the Federal Reserve Bank and other private financial institutions. In this last example, the Secret Service took an aggressive stance in the investigation of computer intrusions and other cybercrimes.
Cybercrime. (2014, November 2). Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/130595/cybercrime
U.S. Attorneys. (2014, December 23). Priorities areas: Cybercrime. Retrieved from http://www.justice.gov/usao/priority-areas/cyber-crime