1. Introduction

Where there are ways to make money, there will be criminals just waiting to take advantage.

The growth of the Internet has provided criminals with a whole host of different methods to try to relieve you of your hard earned cash.

Computer crime is defined as 'criminal activity directly related to the use of computers'. It could be done in order to:

  • steal money
  • steal data or information
  • steal someone's identity
  • damage or disrupt someone's system for revenge
  • cause general havoc for fun
  • copy software / films / music to avoid paying for it.