Security professionals are challenged today with the growth of the Internet and World Wide Web (WWW). Our families, friends, and organizations are continuously expanding our digital footprints in the cyberworld. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizations and schools to increase their digital presence; this has also increased the exposure to cybercriminal activities.


The U.S. Department of Justice divides cybercrime into three areas:

  • Crimes in which a computer is the target for example, to gain access to a network
  • Crimes in which the computer is used as a weapon, such as a denial-of-service attack that floods a host with traffic, thus denying access to users
  • Crimes in which the computer is used as an accessory to crime, such as using a computer to store illegally obtained data


Assume you’re an organizations security manager and have been tasked with educating users on the cyberthreats of phishing, ransomware, and identity theft. The company leadership wants you to provide a brief summary of a recent cybercrime that can be placed in the organizations quarterly newsletter.  


Conduct a search engine search on a recent cybercrime that occurred during the past year.  


Write a 175- to 350-word newspaper article in which you:

  • Discuss the crime as well as the impact on the victim and the community.  
  • Address what actions law enforcement and government are taking to stop this criminal activity. 
  • Cite your information sources using APA style in-text citations and include a References page