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Investigating Computer Crimes

Week 4 discussion 2
Chapter 16 of your text discusses computer crimes and the challenges they present to investigators.  Provide a couple of examples of computer crimes and explain how they differ from traditional crimes.  Describe the unique challenges computer crimes present to investigators.  Your discussion of challenges should include identifying and investigating the crime as well as seizing evidence.  You should also address relevant constitutional issues.  Lastly, discuss ways in which computer crimes, and the investigation of such, might impact law enforcement policy. Orison

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Hacking is the biggest computer crime out there and the one that cost the most for the victim. In computer hacking of a bank account or someone’s credit cards there is often not a paper trail for the investigator to follow which will make investigating the crime difficult for a street officer. The next computer crime is the internet luring of children  While it seem straight forward that you just look at the name on the computer screen we all know the internet is a complicated place where things are not as they seem. As with the hacking there is no paper trail and the information available to the street officer is probably fake. To investigate computer crimes you need more than a basic understanding of how computers work and some specialized training on navigating the internet.  Once the suspect computer has been identified then comes the issue of locating its location and then contacting the jurisdiction there. Next comes the gathering of the needed information for a warrant to seize the computer and search its hard drive and history to gather needed evidence. Now common sense says just get a hacker on or side and break into their computer but that would be an invasion of privacy and would make any evidence fruit of the poisonous tree. When it comes down to our policies they are in an ever changing state with advances and changes in technology. As technology advances we are in a game of catch up and learn by trial and error in investigation of the crimes and what we as LEOs can do legally.

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