The issue of digital crimes and terrorism has been on the increase as a result of technological advancement. A number of forecasts on digital crime and terrorism have been made. These forecasts include:
The issue of espionage will continue to widen into arenas of economics, information warfare, and intellectual property theft.
The use of networking by terrorist to accomplish their missions will continue to increase.
Uses of technological-based instruments to surreptitiously get information, or destroy information and technological communications by criminals and terrorists and also by anarchists and patriots will continue to increase rapidly.
Computers will increasingly be used by entrepreneurial crime groups as their criminal instrument
Computer hackers will continue to emerge around the world, thus increasing the risks of malicious attacks.
Virtual crimes against people will increase rapidly due to the development of networking sites such as Facebook and tweeters.
Internet fraud which includes fraud through identity theft will continue to increase at an alarming rate, thus representing one of the largest losses of money.
There will be an increase in the number of cases reported to the authority involving electronic storage media and computers. (Taylor et al., 2006)
One of the forecasts that I believe is turning into reality is the use of networking by terrorists to accomplish their missions. This is associated with the fact there has been an increase in the number of social networking sites that have enabled the terrorist to communicate and recruit more people from all over the world. The availability of affordable electronic gadgets such as smart phones and personal computers which make it easier to access the internet and communicate with is another factor that is contributing greatly digital terrorism.
Secondly, Use of networking by terrorists to accomplish their mission is likely to turn into a reality because of the fact that the criminal justice system faces a lot of challenges in their effort to defend against the use of networking by terrorist. This way it will become difficult for the authority to control or monitor the use of networking and the use of the internet hence; almost impossible to curb these crimes. (Kennedy and McGarrell, 2011).
Kennedy, L. W., & McGarrell, E. F. (2011). Crime and terrorism risk: Studies in criminology and criminal justice. New York, NY: Routledge.
Taylor, R. W. Fritsch, E. J., Liederbach, J., & Holt, T. J. (2006). Digital crime and digital . Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson/Prentice Hall.