Hackers and Identity Theft

The use of technology has provided a convenience of which many individuals take advantage. Online banking, paying bills online, applying for credit cards online, and communicating via e-mail are all examples of using technology for convenience. In order to utilize many services through the Internet, you are required to enter varying amounts of personal information. To obtain an e-mail address, you may need to enter your name and date of birth. To complete a credit card application online, you may need to enter your social security number, income, place of residence, phone number, and much more. To engage in online banking, you have to allow much of your financial information to be available through the bank’s online banking site. Sharing personal information on the Internet increases your level of vulnerability to hackers. Hackers are individuals with increased computer skills who are able to access varying levels of information using computer systems.

For this Discussion, consider your comfort level with sharing personal information on the Internet. Think about whether your comfort level is influenced by a fear of your information being obtained by hackers. Then consider how the criminal justice system perceives hackers.

Post by Day 4 an explanation of how comfortable you are sharing personal information on the Internet. Then explain whether or not your comfort level is influenced by a fear of your information being obtained by hackers and explain why. Finally, explain whether or not hackers are perceived as serious criminals by the criminal justice system.

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  • Course Text: Taylor, R. W., Fritsch, E. J., & Liederbach, J. (2015). Digital crime and digital terrorism. (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
    • Chapter 4, “Hackers”
    • Chapter 12, “The Investigation of Computer-Related Crime”
  • Article: Anderson, K. B., Durbin, E., & Salinger, M. A. (2008). Identity theft. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 22(2), 171–192.
  • Article: Gilman, N. (2009). Hacking goes pro. Engineering & Technology, 4(3), 26–29.
  • Article: Haney, M. (2010). Triptech: Is it safe to surf? Condé Nast’s Traveler, 45(4), 50.
  • Article: Kanable, R. (2009). The face of identity theft. Law Enforcement Technology, 36(4), 28–33.
  • Article: Kirchheimer, S. (2011). “They stole my name!” The Saturday Evening Post, 283(1), 32–35.
  • Article: Pilcher, J. (2010). Growing use of Twitter raises customer security concerns. ABA Banking Journal, 102(1), 27–28.


    • Article: Katel, P. (2005). Identity theft: Can Congress give Americans better protection? CQ Researcher, 15(22), 517–540.
    • Article: Study reveals consumers’ data worries. (2005). Information Management Journal, 39(5), 16.

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