Cyber Crime And Transnational Crime

1841 Words Nov 21st, 2016 8 Pages
Due to the borderless nature of cyberspace, the perfect arena has been created for transnational crime to occur. Whether it’s an anonymous hacker infiltrating a computer network, terrorists targeting the U.S. power grid, or even the Mexican Los Zetas selling drugs on the Dark Web, cyberspace has presented itself as an attractive target for illegal activity. Any criminal act in cyberspace immediately poses a transnational security threat to practically anything comprehensible, such as: governments, military, infrastructure, national security, the civilian population, and corporations. In order for policymakers and the international community to effectively implement sound policies and treaties to mitigate and deter the various criminal acts stemming from cyberspace, they must understand how sophisticated criminals have become and they must examine how resilient the Internet has made a criminals daily operations. As a result, the intangible environment of this borderless area makes it difficult to visualize the extent of its transnational nature. With that being said, how do we effectively implement policies and multilateral treaties to monitor, weaken, and ultimately, eradicate, criminals in cyberspace?
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For the purposes of this paper, the term cyberspace is defined as the electronic medium of computer networks, in which online communication takes place. In addition, the term cybercrime relates to a criminal act that has some kind of computer or cyber aspect to…

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