Knowledge of Cyber Crime by Electronic Media

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Naresh Kumar Maharjan


Crime is a social and economic phenomenon and is as old as the human society. As, life is about a mix of good and evil, so is the internet. For all the good it does to us, cyberspace has its dark sides too. The internet is undeniably open to exploitation. Known as cyber-crimes, these activities use of computers, the internet, cyberspace and the World Wide Web. Everybody is using computer. From while collar criminals to terrorist organizations and from teenagers to adults. All crimes performed or resorted to by abuse of electronic media or otherwise, with the purpose of influencing the functioning of computer or computer system. Cyber-crime is the latest and perhaps the most complicated problem in the cyber world. Cyber-crime is an evil having its origin in the growing dependence on computers in modern life. In a day and age when everything from microwave ovens and refrigerators to nuclear power plants is being run on computes, cyber-crime has assumed rather sinister implications.

While the world-wide scenario on cyber-crime looks bleak, the situation in Nepal is not any better. Cyber-crimes in Nepal are slowly evolving from a simple e-mail crime to more serious crimes like hacking and source code theft. Cases of spam, hacking, cyber stalking and email fraud are rampant despite the enactment of the Electronic Transactions Act, 2063 B.S. (2008 A.D.) ETA and Banking Offence and Punishment Act, 2064 B.S. (2008 A.D.) the Nepal's Cyber Law and setting up of cyber-crimes cells in major cities. The Problem is that most cases remain unreported due to a lack of awareness.

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