Top 10 Crimes Made Possible By The Internet


Generally speaking, cybercrime involves a
multitude of criminal activities carried out utilizing computers or the Internet. These offenses are committed worldwide by
perpetrators ranging from sophisticated, state-sponsored divisions in countries like North Korea, Russia,
and China — to that weird kid living in his parent’s basement across the street. Since its inception, personal computers have
evolved into a life-changing mod con that allows us to do everything from watching movies
to paying bills without ever leaving the couch. Criminals, however, are making the net more
dangerous than shopping on Black Friday. It’s also a bit disheartening when the inventor
of the world wide web is now warning of an imminent “digital dystopia.” On that bright ray of sunshine, here’s a
rundown on some of the most darkest types of online wrongdoing. 10. Sextortion As the illegitimate love child of extortion
and revenge porn, sextortion occurs when a perpetrator threatens to distribute someone’s
private or sensitive material online unless demands in the form of sexual favors or money
are met. The crime may also threaten to harm the victims’
friends or relatives for a higher payout. Criminals often target unsuspecting young
people in chat rooms and attempt to record sexually explicit images and videos. Other techniques involve hacking into electronic
devices such as cell phones and computers using malware to access personal files as
well as controlling the web camera and microphone without consent. Law enforcement investigators say organized
gangs from overseas target victims from afar, making it much more difficult to stop. Likely locations include the Philippines,
Ivory Coast and Morocco. If you believe you’re a victim of sextortion,
or know someone else who is, call your local FBI office or toll-free at 1-800-CALL-FBI. 9. Hate Speech With a multitude of social media platforms
to choose from, hate groups now have an inviting place to call home. From Neo-Nazis to ISIS, the Internet provides
a safe harbor to distribute information that’s not only morally reprehensible but a danger
to humanity at large. And as a bonus, it’s also a powerful recruiting
tool. Join today! Despite the recent surge in hate crimes, the
slippery slope of free speech prevents any meaningful regulation from stopping the spread
of racism, intolerance, and fear. Ironically, the very foundation of the U.S.
Constitution is being abused to subvert democracy and deliverance from tyranny. So much for life, liberty, and the pursuit
of happiness. Comedian and political activist, Sacha Baron
Cohen, recently blasted Big Tech in a speech organized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL),
a group devoted to fighting anti-Semitism. He called Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Twitter
“the greatest propaganda machine in history.” Baron Cohen urged the billionaire club dubbed
the “Silicon Six” ( particularly Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg) to take more responsibility. “Your product is defective, you are obliged
to fix it, no matter how much it costs and no matter how many moderators you need to
employ,” Baron Cohen said. “Freedom of speech is not freedom of reach. Sadly, there will always be racists, misogynists,
anti-Semites, and child abusers. But I think we could all agree that we should
not be giving bigots and pedophiles a free platform to amplify their views and target
their victims.” On March 15, 2019, two consecutive terrorist
shooting attacks occurred at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 51 people and wounding
49. The shooter, a self-described white supremacist,
live-streamed the atrocity on Facebook, where it then spread across the Internet and was
likely viewed millions of times. 8. 419 There’s a good chance that most people by
now have received an email known as the “Nigerian Letter” or “419” (the country’s criminal
code) scam. As the granddaddy of fraudulent internet schemes,
the set up has seen several incarnations over the years, but the basic pitch goes something
like this: Dear Mr. Sir, Hello my good friend, my name is Dr. Givmeur
Monee. Please forgive my haste, but I’m wrytng
about an urgent mater and can offer you $20,000,000 for your assistance. My cousin, a Nigerian Prince and the first
African astronaut to moonwalk, is getting ready to blast off again into space. While he’s away, we need to deposit a substantial
sum of money into a secure bank account. And so on. Despite the absurdity (and notorious) premise,
the ruse still manages to rake in the dough from naive victims. According to the FBI’s website, “Nigerian
letter frauds combine the threat of impersonation fraud with a variation of an advance fee scheme
in which a letter mailed, or emailed, from Nigeria offers the recipient the “opportunity”
to share in a percentage of millions of dollars that the author—a self-proclaimed government
official—is trying to transfer illegally out of Nigeria.” Similar to phishing scams, experts point to
several red-flag indicators: The sender doesn’t know your name
There’s a sense of urgency It’s poorly written with lots of misspelled
words 7. Cyberbullying In recent years, online bullying — often
by adolescents targeting fellow their classmates at school — has become one of the most rampant
violations committed on the Internet. The growth of social media puts many young
people at risk of receiving threatening and humiliating messages or having hurtful comments
or images posted online. The Pew Research states, “59% of U.S. teens
have been bullied or harassed online, and a similar share says it’s a major problem
for people their age. At the same time, teens mostly think teachers,
social media companies, and politicians are failing at addressing this issue.” The results can have damaging consequences
leading to depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, self-harm, and suicide. Students typically report reasons for being
bullied, including physical appearance, race/ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, and sexual orientation But like other crimes on this list, nobody
seems to have any answers on how to effectively police or deter this growing trend. One might make that argument that kids will
always be kids regardless of technology, and senseless cruelty is to be expected given
their immature, not-yet-fully-developed brains. Perhaps. However, some groups are advocating for more
action, such as better monitoring at schools and stiffer punishment. In 2006, a teenager from Dardenne Prairie,
Missouri, named Megan Meier committed suicide by hanging three weeks before her 14th birthday. Meier’s parents demanded a criminal investigation
and later learned that cyberbullying through the social networking website MySpace resulted
in Megan’s death. The family has since established a foundation
to provide online resources in the education and prevention of cyberbullying. 6. Revenge porn Revenge porn is the sharing of sexual content
without the subject’s consent—usually by a disgruntled ex-lover. Often it’s sent to specific groups of people
(employers, family, friends, etc.) to cause the maximum distress. And it can indeed lead to isolation and job
loss. The Internet isn’t strictly necessary, of
course. In 2014, a man sent his ex-girlfriend’s
parents a Christmas card with a photo of their daughter in an orgy. But the Internet does make it easier. In fact, some sites have specialized in hosting
it — sometimes even linking the victims’ real names to pornographic content online. New laws to combat this problem are widely
considered inadequate. While they ban the websites, they don’t
ban revenge porn itself. But the Internet has come up with a solution! Kind of… You can now upload your homemade porn to an
app that’ll keep it secure. Not only will it encrypt your content to protect
it from thieves/ISPs (and, presumably, the app’s developers); but any time you or your
lover want to view the content, you’ll both have to input your passwords — a little
like the launch keys for nukes. 5. Catfishing Unfortunately, Catfishing isn’t the name
of a folksy lifestyle magazine for anglers but rather the use of phony personas to deceive
other people online. But we’re not just talking usernames here. Catfish personas are complex and compelling,
weaving narratives that can last for several years. And all they really need to get started is
someone else’s photos and the internet. The point, usually, is to live out personal
fantasies — as revealed in Catfish (2010) and its spin-off MTV series. However, motives also include include bullying,
entrapment, and financial gain. Three Chechen girls, for instance, convinced
Islamic State to send them $3,300 by posing as eager recruits. Like deep fakes and disinformation, catfishing
is easier than ever. And most of the victims are vulnerable. One woman was driven to suicide by a string
of catfish personas: first someone she’d known at school; then a British soap actor
and fellow victim of harassment; then his kidnapper; then police investigating the kidnapping;
then the actor’s brother; then the actor again, who claimed the kidnapping was a hoax
by his harasser. The catfish behind these personas, who turned
out to be a woman herself, was eventually tracked down by police. In 2019, she was sentenced to two years and
eight months in prison for stalking six victims in total. 4. Doxing The public release of personally identifying
information (i.e. “documents” or “dox”) has long been taboo on the internet. In the 1990s, hackers lived in fear of their
rivals “dropping dox” in IRC. Nowadays, billions of us leave sensitive data
online — on social media, blogs, forums, business sites, online games, networked databases,
and so on. And it can be gathered with relative ease. In fact, some of the most sensitive data (real
names, photos, phone numbers, home and work addresses) are probably the easiest to find. Doxing (or doxxing, if you prefer) isn’t
even illegal, not in itself. It’s the motivation that makes it a crime,
be it harassment, blackmail, incitement to violence, or some other nefarious scheme. However, the law tends to be murkier when
it comes to social justice. In 2017, for instance, photos of racist protesters
in Charlottesville were dumped on Twitter and identified by other users. Targets reported job loss, alienation from
friends and family, and personal threats and attacks. In the aftermath, opinion was split over whether
the doxing was justified—especially given that some of the targets were misidentified
or misrepresented. This is the trouble with doxing — and with
mob justice in general: It’s all too easy to get the wrong person and often too late
to clear their name later. Hacktivist collective Anonymous knows this
well. In 2013, responding to the Boston Marathon
bombing, they wrongfully doxed a depressed college student who was later found dead in
a river. 3. DDoS attacks DDoS stands for distributed denial of service. It involves overwhelming websites with hijacked
traffic to make them temporarily unavailable. Commonly, it’s used for extortion, demanding
a ransom from the owners to stop. But it may also be used to block the release
of important or sensitive information. Common targets include activist groups and
nonprofits, banks, businesses, news websites, and government agencies. DDoS attacks rely on networks (botnets) of
sometimes millions of individual computers — zombie systems hijacked by hackers using
malware like a trojan horse virus. The last couple of years have seen the largest
attacks of this kind. In 2018, GitHub was brought down by 1.35 terabits
of traffic per second. And in 2019, an unnamed Imperva client received
500 million packets per second (estimated to be the equivalent of up to 3.4 terabits
per second). The hackers themselves are untraceable. But they’re often acting on someone else’s
behalf. Just $150 on the darknet can buy a week-long
DDoS attack, whereas the cost to some targets (e.g. in lost business or damaged reputations)
can be upwards of $40,000 per hour. Of course, DDoS attacks needn’t involve
hackers at all. A popular enough cause could attract millions
of willing participants, and it’s doubtful it would count as a crime. Hence, in 2017, a scheme was hatched to overload
whitehouse.gov on Inauguration Day. The only reason it didn’t work, it seems,
was the White House’s DDoS protection. Many key government websites now have this
— even while the government itself keeps launching these attacks against others. 2. Mass surveillance Among the ugliest abuses of the internet is
without a doubt mass surveillance, allowing governments to track, analyze, and file away
the contact we make with each other. It covers, among other things, our internet
usage, emails and messaging, phone calls, and financial transactions. It places innocent people on terrorist watch
lists and in jail without so much as a trial. Yet, as advocates maintain, it’s supposed
to protect us from crime. So what’s it doing on this list? Well, it’s illegal. US courts ruled as much on the NSA’s collection
of phone records. And the agency’s stubborn lack of transparency
continues to draw ire from lawmakers. Meanwhile, in the UK, GCHQ (the NSA’s British
equivalent) routinely flouts national regulations, as well as the European Convention on Human
Rights. Bulk data collection isn’t even that useful—not
for the prevention of crime. As experts point out, it consistently fails
to prevent school shootings, bombings, terrorist attacks, and other crimes planned in advance. NUMBER ONE: Misinformation The legendary Irish satirist Jonathan Swift
once wrote, “Falsehood flies and the Truth comes limping after it.” Three hundred years later, technology has
rapidly changed, but human nature hasn’t. In a landmark study recently published in
Science Magazine, the comprehensive report illustrates how social media not only relays
messages faster than ever but amplifies false news much quicker and deeper than the truth. And we’re talking Usain Bolt vs. a banana
slug kind of disparity. By looking at nearly the entire lifespan of
Twitter, the study found that falsehoods are six times more likely to go viral than accurate
reporting. Researchers concluded that the degree of novelty
and the emotional reactions of recipients are most likely responsible for the differences
observed. In other words, lies are alluring and fun. Facts aren’t. While a high profile event such as Russian
meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is well-known, the threat of false information
is a worldwide concern, affecting every level of political, economic, and social well-being.

99 thoughts on “Top 10 Crimes Made Possible By The Internet

  1. Literally all of these crimes existed before the internet. The internet has made them easier, but some of these exact crimes have existed for centuries.

  2. When you're promoting hate speech by hating on speech or opinions that you disagree with….can you say "hypocritic" ?

  3. Over the last 10 years, law enforcement has been getting better in tracking cyber crimes but it still is a issue for them. It still is a specialized area that not all law enforcement by agencies have. Even trained law enforcement have such basic training that most advanced internet users can bipass them. Simple knowledge such as the use of proxy ips and such usually throws off most trained law enforcement personal. Law Enforcement still needs training to solve a lot more. Usually the Attorney generals of each state has the best trained divisions out of all law enforcement around but they have the staff that work in law enforcement behind a computer usually full time unlike other law enforcement agencies that do not .

  4. You know how you fix teen cyber bullying? You're not allowed on the internet if you're not actively paying for it. Children have no business on the internet if they aren't being strictly supervised

  5. hate speech and thought crimes are not crimes. You have to freedom to say and think what you want. Your actions from those words and thoughts are the crimes.

  6. What about the 300 Christian s killed 2 weeks later from the killings in new Zealand you are the reason why Islam is Right about women

  7. Sacha Baron Cohen is the foulest B-actor Hollywood has ever seen and that is one hefty statement, given that Hollywood hasn't a holy bone in its head. Cohen was promoting censorship, Simon Whistler. Get it? CENSORSHIP. I wonder how much the cabal paid him.

  8. U.K. Police are going through videos of riots and such from years ago, using facial recognition software to try to identify offenders.

  9. Sasha Barron Cohen bitching about hate speech was ridiculous. All he does is make movies being as offensive as possible about gays and muslims ect. ect.

  10. 419 is the number of the penal code which criminalises fraudulent activities and not the Nigerian code. Countries don't have codes. Countries international dialing codes, in this case +234, but that applies to just making calls.

  11. You can't control everything.. and it's extreme folly to think that the state should or could have the power to control everything… to include free speech. Only fools would give it away once they had it.

  12. I thought the girls catfishing ISIS fighters was not a bad thing. I would have had a legion of them, just like Chinese MMO Goldfarmers.

  13. And then the accusations came out that the ADL is run by racist old men that use their power to exploit people and organizations for money. Meanwhile an overtly anti-Semitic Labour party in the UK carries on, and overtly anti-Semitic Congresswomen serve in the US.

  14. And Cohen is one to talk with all of the racist roles he has played in. His wealth is derived from his racist antics and jokes.

  15. Ugh, did you have to bring up the Sasha Baren-Cohen speech? That speech was so dumb and there are already debunks and critiques of what he said.

  16. Freedom of speech is Not a slippery slope, but you know what is? Generations of people not being taught critical thinking skills and skepticism by their Parents/caregivers. It's a slippery slope towards societies of Narcissistic, Willfully Ignorant people that aren't prepared for reality.

  17. As sys admin, I used to tell people to never email something you would not like to see on the front page of the newspaper. It has gotten a lot worse. I try – locking down accounts, strong passwords, etc – but I am aware unless I totally stop using the internet, I'm at risk. And even then, I am still at risk as even if you don't do business online, the businesses have databases of accounts that are vulnerable. Do you best to be safe out there and keep an eye on things.

  18. Just now noticed. Why is there an entirely different term for being racist to a person culturally or of Jewish descent.

    Is there a term for being racist to a Asian person? Or some of maybe SPECIFIC CHINESE DESCENT?

  19. Dear Mr. Seemoney Whistler
    My naame iz Dead von Doorknob. I am king of Karelia. I’m lookin to dontate millione trollars too you.

  20. That k pop star just committed suicide over Sextortion/Revenge porn, & another one just got sentenced for posting it (separate cases)

  21. I’ve been threatened with doxing here on YouTube, by some guy (who didn’t like some of my comments) saying he would come & get me, by giving my details to a biker gang. 🤷‍♂️

  22. America isn’t the only country hit by a cyber Putin; there are others, but Britain was hit hard too for Brexit, & was practice for what happened in America. He is attacking all of the EU countries, using Nationalism as his Trojan Horse to spread disinformation & division, fostering distrust in each other & our governments

  23. "Falsehood travel faster than the truth". An example is this video. 419 is the section of the Nigerian law that forbids the fraud being perpetrated by so-called 419 scams. The country code for Nigeria is 234. Country codes beginning 3 or 4 are mainly Europe, African ones start with a 2.

  24. Facebook considers calling an ignoramus an ignoramus to be bullying. But calling someone the "n" word, or the "c" word, etc., is just fine and apparently conforms to the FB community standards. Makes no sense.

  25. Big tech is all liberally biased. The idiots seem unaware that all the democrats running for president are planning on taxing big tech out of business. Talk about irony.

  26. Any political assasination within the last few decades was "made possible" by the internet, if only through news dissemination. Anyone who bought a hammer on Amazon then killed someone with it… etc, etc. This video misses the mark badly.

  27. Tyranny is "do what I say, not as I do." It happens whenever a 100% monopoly on use of deadly force arises. The US could easily become North Korea in a few decades without the Bill of Rights which limits government power. There are only 2 ways people can resolve disputes, with words and with force which coincidentally happens to be protected under our first 2 constitutional amendments. Anyone trying to restrict those, even under the premise of protecting people, is just trying to enslave others. Its better to live dangerously free than safe as a slave.

  28. You could keep your kids off the internet, take their phones away, let them go and play outside, like we used to before such electronic gadgets existed… Just a suggestion.

  29. DDoS is surprisingly common in competitive online gaming. Rivals will DDoS a group's Teamspeak or Discord server so they can't communicate to coordinate their "battle." TBH, that's the only time I've ever heard of it happening.

  30. Social Media ruined the internet, I left Facebook over 2 years ago and I don't regret it. Society is so fixated on Social Media these days that people struggle to have real world conversations

  31. Even tho I don’t have time to watch the videos Simon does, I make the effort to at least give it a quick thumbs up 👍🏻 and I’ll come back later when I have more time/

  32. Hate speech really??Hate speech???
    For everyone out there that believes in hate speech grow up sticks and stones can break your bones but words can never hurt you. As long as someone is not threatening someone for bodily injury or death then it’s there right to say and feel anyway they want too. No one has a knife to your throat. You can chose to listen or not too.

  33. I’m female and I’ve seen plenty of actual misogyny on the web. I would never want someone to be banned for it. Free speech is the only thing that can prevent governments and corporations from becoming tyrannical. Banning people also drives them underground where they develop echo chambers. Those who make free-speech impossible make war inevitable. Our personal feelings mean nothing in the great scheme of things, and we don’t have the right to not ever be offended. If the Internet is too much for them, the sensitive wilting flowers need to stay away.

  34. 10:56 Not just websites, it's any computer or piece of software that is providing a service to other computers or software. It is a form of DoS (Denial of Service) attack

  35. It'd be interesting to make a video about the prevalence of para-social relationships online.This, especially, affects spaces like Youtube, Twitch, and Twitter… where people create cults of personality and one-sided, often fantasized intimate relationships with content creators. Sometimes it is cynically used to make money off of people's gullibility – this heavily involves teens – or spread hateful messages through political advocacy on Youtube. It's a nefarious phenomenon. Youtube or Twitch creators go as far as to call their viewership family, friends, bros whilst having absolutely no personal connection with the crowd they're catering to. Furthermore, it can create stalkers and women are victims of these unwitting para-social relationships.

  36. So because the ADL gave that moron an award, I'm suppose to give a damn about what he thinks about racism and freedom of speech. He made a career using his speech and racism every chance he got, but that's ok because he's woke now. Yeah right.

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