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The main types of cybercrime

On Behalf of | Jul 21, 2021 | Criminal Law, White Collar Crimes

Residents of Minnesota should be aware of the risk of cybercrime. There are various major types, and they tend to be differentiated by whom the crime is directed against. One is cybercrime against individuals. There is even a category of cybercrime committed against governments. Understanding the why and how of cybercrime can help people know how to prevent it.

Cybercrimes against persons

Cybercrimes against individuals can take a number of different forms. They might involve a person or organization stealing information, exposing information or making misleading claims about an individual. Examples of cybercrime can include identity theft, revenge porn and using deepfakes to make it appear someone was somewhere they never actually were.

These are white collar crimes. They’re not violent. They involve only actions that damage people’s reputations and relieve them of money. However, these crimes can still cause real havoc in the lives of the people who are victimized by cyber criminals.

Cybercrimes against governments

Increasingly, governments are finding themselves the victims of cybercrime, too. Sometimes, they’re asked to pay ransoms by criminal organizations. At other times, their information is accessed via espionage. Cybercrimes against governments are still comparatively rare, but they can be very serious.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of cybercrime, it’s important to contact a lawyer. An attorney may be able to help you understand what happened, determine whether it’s a crime and decide how to proceed. In some cases, they may be able to help you receive damages to mitigate the harm criminals caused to your finances or reputation.

Likewise, if you’re accused of a cybercrime, it’s important to get competent legal help. Remember to never share login details with other people at work. Unscrupulous individuals often make it a point to leave a trail that points to someone else.