Cybercrime: Two Case Studies

770 Words Feb 1st, 2018 3 Pages
Such crimes cover a wide range of activities that can be clearly defined as against the common good. Financial fraud, stalking, cyber-bullying, and malware creation are common ones. There are times however when cybercrimes, although illegal in action, are committed to promote the common good. Ambiguous cybercrimes create a moral/ethical dilemma in the public spotlight, and create doubt toward the authorities that uphold the law. The following are two such cases.
We Do Not Forgive. We Do Not Forget On April 4th 2013, Rehtaeh Parsons committed suicide after a year and a half of cyber-bullying from the four boys that gang-raped her in November of 2011. The boys had photographed the crime against the seventeen year old, and used the photos to brag about it on social media (Winston Ross, 2013). After a year of half-hearted investigating, police called off the investigation without filing any charges, citing that the case was an issue of “he said, she said” (Winston Ross, 2013). After the girl’s death, public outrage over the botched investigation led to the hacker collective Anonymous to get involved. Because the boys were minors at the time of the crime, their identities were protected by law. Anonymous hackers scoured the Internet to find out the identity of the rapists as well as personal details about their personal lives. The group then went public…
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