Spam Essay

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Penalties for Internet Attacks Internet attacks are a serious crime. Cyber-crime has affected 73% of Americans in a variety of way. This is an issue because approximately 25% of internet attacks worldwide are unsolved (Cyber Crime Watch, 2012). “According to a new report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 90 percent of Internet users have adjusted their online behavior, fearful of falling prey to tricksters” (Koprowski, 2005, p.1). The perpetrators of these internet attacks should definitely be punished. However, the offender should be dealt with according to the circumstance. For instance, a foreign terrorist who has launched an internet attack to damage the American economy and a teenager who is caught hacking due to his curiosity should not be penalized the same. The level of immorality should be considered when the punishment is being determined. Hackers launch their attacks for many reasons including greed, to harm society, and simple curiosity. To begin with, cyber-criminals whose motive is greed should be punished as severely as someone who has shoplifted at a local convenience store. Credit card fraud is an example of an internet attack in which the intention is to steal another person’s money. These criminals should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Harsh sentences are a must to demonstrate the seriousness of the crime. Some cyber-criminals do not consider this type of offense as stealing because they are not physically taking another person’s money. However, it is theft and should be treated as such in the court room. Another illustration of greed is the hacker who shuts down sites to show off to another group. This exemplifies greed in that the perpetrator only cares about their appearance to the other group. They do not take the millions of people they are affecting into consideration. This selfishness should

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