Cyber crimes are criminal offenses committed via the internet or otherwise aided by various forms of computer technology, such as the use of online social networks to impersonate or scam victims, or cyberstalking someone via a smart phone.
In 2018, The Internet Crime Complaint Center received 351,937 complaints of cybercrime, which lead to $2.7 billion dollars lost. Due to the common use of encryption by cybercriminals, it can be difficult to trace a perpetrator after the crime is committed, so using professional cyber crime investigators is crucial.
As technology advances and more people rely on the internet to store sensitive information such as banking or credit card information, criminals increasingly attempt to steal that information. Cybercrime is becoming more of a threat to people across the world. There are 1.5 million cyber-attacks annually, which means that there are over 4,000 attacks a day, 170 attacks every hour, or nearly three attacks every minute, with studies showing us that only 16% of victims had asked the people who were carrying out the attacks to stop. Anybody who uses the internet for any reason can be a victim.
Types of Cyber Crime Investigations
As technology because more and more pervasive, the types of cyber crimes continues to grow. Common cyber crime investigations include:
Starting a Cyber Crime Investigation
As cyber crime has proliferated, a professional ecosystem has evolved to support individuals and groups seeking to profit from cybercriminal activities. The ecosystem has become quite specialized, including malware developers, botnet operators, professional cybercrime groups, groups specializing in the sale of stolen content, and so forth. At Mayhem Solutions Group, our cybercrimes investigators have the skills, resources and visibility to follow the activities of these malicious individuals and group.