The Australian Competition And Commission V Vassallo

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Cyber Crime
The Australian Competition and Commission v Vassallo (2009)

The Australian Competition and Commission v Vassallo (2009) case depicts the affects of cyber crime on individuals involved. Advances in technology have enabled new ways to commit fraud online. Criminals are using new and complex techniques to commit fraud which often result in financial loss towards individuals. The two respondents in the case, Leanne Rita Vassallo and Aaron David Smith had sold medical eBooks through the internet. The eBooks claimed to provide medical cures and treatments for various health problems such as Lyme disease, asthma, herpes and prostate cancer. However, expert evidence concluded that the cures offered no therapeutic treatments. The two respondents had profited financially from the fraudulent eBooks and had sold the eBooks to more than 60, 000 customers worldwide. The online fraud was operated through several websites which were able to be accessed internationally. Despite rapid advancements in technology, legislation has proved to be effective in regulating cyber crime.
Current legislations are effectively working to bring just outcomes to cyber crimes. There are laws which are designed to regulate and prevent cyber crime online. Consumer protection law refers to regulation by the government of transactions and dealings between individuals and businesses. These laws cover a variety of subjects including product liability, fraud, unfair business practices and

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