Difference of Insider and Outsider Computer Crimes Research Paper


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For this Activity, visit http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/cyber and locate a recent example of computer crime. This Activity has three (3) parts.

Your Activity responses should be both grammatically and mechanically correct and formatted in the same fashion as the Activity itself. If there is a Part A, your response should identify a Part A, etc. In addition, you must appropriately cite all resources used in your response and document them in a bibliography using APA style. (A-5 page response is required.)

Part A Define computer crime.

Part B Differentiate between insider and outsider computer crimes. The crime you choose could be embezzlement (insider), theft (outsider), or another form of crime such as mail fraud or child pornography.

Part C Summarize five computer crimes that you find on the FBI website. Detail the cases, methods of investigation, charges brought, and identify the federal and state laws that govern the crimes. Include in your discussion a summary of how investigators ferreted out the offenders, the charges brought against them, as well as the minimum and maximum consequences for committing such a crime. If the offenders have not yet been punished, detail the possible consequences they will receive for their misdeeds.

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Computer Crimes
Institutional Affiliation
➢ Definition and introduction to computer crimes
➢ Part B: differentiate between insider and outsider computer crimes
➢ Part C: Five Computer Crimes



Computer Crimes
Institutional Affiliation


Part A: Define computer crime

Computer crime refers to an illegal activity where a specially skilled or knowledgeable
person interferes with the personal information of a computer user and steals it. The interference
with information which was initially meant to be private renders those that carry out such as
criminals (Nelson, Phillips & Steuart, 2014). Closely related to this term is cybercrime. While
the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, cybercrime is distinct because it is more
specific. That is, the criminal intends to access the individual without their consent, or intends to
use their personal information to carry out malicious acts such as hate speech and spreading
scams. Reyes et. al. (2011) explain that computer crime is more general in nature, as it starts
from the very illegal access of personal information regardless of the intention of the intrusion of
Part B: differentiate between insider and outsider computer crimes
Computer crimes can either be insider or outsider. Insider computer crimes are
perpetrated by individuals who has authorised system access. This means that the individual is
recognised by the owner of the computer or the manipulated information (Lord, 2017). Such
persons include employees in an organisation, business partners, contractors and trusted friends
in the case of personal computers. The threat of insider computer crimes has proved challenging
for most organisations if accountability among the persons with authorised access to the
information systems is not well harnessed. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the management
of organisations and companies to formulate strategies that will enhance accountability of the
information therein. An example is fraud, where authorised persons such as bankers can access
information about a client and manipulate it to access their accounts and steal from them.



On the other hand, outsider computer crimes are conducted by people outside the
organisation or company, that is those who do not have authorised or direct access to the
information systems. The criminal may indirectly access the information systems of the
organisation through an entrusted person. They infiltrate and acc...

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