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Since the dawn of computing, people have been intrigued by the power of the digital world. But as computers became more widespread and complex, criminal groups realized that they could use them to commit crimes with greater ease and ruthlessness. In the early 2000s, hackers started to exploit computer vulnerabilities to break into systems and steal sensitive data. Soon, cybercrime became a billion-dollar industry.

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Cybercrime, which refers to criminal activities that are carried out using computers, networks, or other digital technologies, has come a long way since the advent of the digital era. Here's an overview of the history of cybercrime: 1. 1960s - 1970s: The early stages of cybercrime mainly revolved around phreaking, which involved manipulating telephone systems to make free or unauthorized long-distance calls. Pioneers like John Draper (aka Captain Crunch) illustrated how manipulation of technology could be leveraged for illicit gains. 2. 1980s: The growth of personal computers and modems in households enabled a new era of cybercrime. Hackers were motivated primarily by curiosity rather than financial or malicious intentions. The creation of the first computer viruses like the "Elk Cloner" and the "Brain" marked the beginning of an era of malicious software. In this era, law enforcement started to recognize cybercrime, leading to the creation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in the U.S. 3. 1990s: As the internet became more widely accessible, cybercrime took on a more global nature. Hacking groups like the Legion of Doom and the Chaos Computer Club emerged, targeting government and corporate systems. Various types of viruses and "worms" spread through email, and identity theft became a major concern. Recognizing the growing threat of cybercrime, the Council of Europe began drafting the Convention on Cybercrime in 1997. 4. 2000s: With the advent of e-commerce and online communication platforms, cybercrime saw a significant uptick. Phishing, identity theft, and data breaches intensified, costing individuals and businesses billions of dollars each year. The Anna Kournikova worm and SQL Slammer exemplified the rapid spread of cyber threats. Law enforcement agencies and governments around the world increased their efforts to combat cybercrime, and in 2001, the European Union established the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). 5. 2010s - present: As the world becomes even more connected through smartphones, social media, and cloud computing, cybercriminals have developed new and sophisticated attacks. Ransomware attacks, such as WannaCry, have caused widespread disruption, while state-sponsored cyber-espionage and cyber-warfare have emerged as significant threats. Cybersecurity has become a global priority, with initiatives like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) aiming to protect personal data and privacy. Throughout its history, cybercrime has evolved and adapted to the changing digital landscape. As technology continues to advance, the need for effective cybersecurity measures and cooperation on a global scale will continue to grow.

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May 29, 2023, 12:17 p.m.

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Published: Monday, May 29, 2023

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