Technology and White-Collar Crime
Advances in technology not only
benefit law-abiding citizens of the world, they also benefit those with
criminal intent. The speed at which technology expands and improves is the same
speed at which criminals can create more efficient ways of committing
traditional forms of white-collar crime. In addition, new types of white-collar
crimes are being spawned by the Internet, such as the use of “worms”
or “viruses” to commit Internet fraud. With a wealth of personal and
financial information available via technology, white-collar crimes that
utilize technology can have devastating effects on victims.
In an attempt to prevent and address
white-collar crimes, law enforcement agencies can use technologies, such as
enhanced means of surveillance. This surveillance can include monitoring social
media conversations to uncover insider trading, corporate espionage,
embezzlement, and other white-collar criminal activities. In addition, new
information systems technology tools like data mining can be used to analyze
and interpret vast quantities of data to uncover indications of white-collar
For this assignment, select two types
of white-collar crimes. Think about how technology has increased the
opportunity to commit each of the crimes you selected and consider possible
effects on victims.
- Corporate espionage
- Identity theft
- Internet fraud schemes
- Money laundering
- Launching viruses, worms, Trojan horses
The Assignment (2–3 pages)
- Briefly describe the two types of white-collar crime you selected.
- Explain how technology has increased the opportunity to commit
each type of crime.
- Explain one possible effect each crime might have on victims
- Explain how law enforcement might use technology to address each
type of crime.
Two to three pages with at least three references….
It is important that you cover all the topics identified in the
assignment. Covering the topic does not mean mentioning the topic BUT
presenting an explanation from the context of the readings for this class
To get maximum points you need to follow the requirements listed for
this assignments 1) look at the page limits 2) review and follow APA rules
3) create subheadings to identify the key sections you are presenting and
4) Free from typographical and sentence construction errors.
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