In its simplest form, cyber crime is any offence which is committed through, or enabled by, the use of technology, whether or not the offence is predicated solely on the technological element or whether the technology merely assists the perpetrator in the commission of the offence.
Police often break cyber crime down into two categories:
- Cyber enabled crime – traditional crimes committed using the internet. e.g. theft, harassment, fraud, identity theft, selling stolen goods, drug dealing or people smuggling.
- Cyber dependent crime - online crimes where a digital system is the target. These include attacks on computer systems to disrupt IT infrastructures, e.g. unauthorised access (hacking), malicious software programming (malware) or denial of service.
A leaflet providing 5 Simple Steps to Cyber Safety is available for download.