Impact of Social Media on Cybercrime in Today’s Digital Age
BY ROTIMI ONADIPE
Social media refers to any digital tool that allows users to quickly create and share content with the public. It can be accessed via a computer, smartphone, iPad or any other device with an Internet connection. Popular social networking sites include Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Cybercrime refers to any criminal activity carried out using a computer or the Internet. Common examples of cybercrime are email spam, cyberbullying, identity theft, online child pornography, phishing, and virus spreading.
Social media is a great platform for connecting with people, building relationships, sharing ideas, and building businesses. Despite these great advantages, it is also fertile ground for cybercriminals who seek out unsuspecting victims.
The prevalence of using social media sites in today’s digital age has also prompted internet fraudsters to create multiple social media accounts and join many social media platforms in order to increase their chances. to make their victims.
According to Bromium, a cybersecurity firm, the same social media platforms used to track friends and family have spawned a huge global network of cybercriminals. According to the Bromium report, nearly one in five organizations worldwide is now infected with malware shared through social media.
In another academic study by Mike McGuire, senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Surrey, social media-based cybercrime generates at least $ 3.25 billion in global revenue per year.
Impact of Social Media on Cybercrime in Today’s Digital Age:
1. The prevalence of the use of social networking websites has increased the number of cybercriminals around the world.
2. The ability to communicate anonymously on social media allows most cybercriminals to be untraceable after defrauding unsuspecting victims.
3. It is very easy for cyber criminals to create fake social media identity and use it to communicate with anyone in the world.
4. Malware and websites that look legitimate can easily be shared on social media with as many people as possible in a very short time.
5. Fake news that poses a threat to national or global security can easily be shared on social media.
6. With the prevalence of the use of social networking sites, online fraudsters can create as many social networking accounts as possible with different identities and use them for criminal purposes.
7. Much of the sensitive information that is supposed to be private is now shared publicly on social media. This of course increases the vulnerabilities of users.
8. The availability of numerous social networking websites makes it easier for cybercriminals to use their multiple social networking accounts to send fraudulent and unsolicited messages to unsuspecting victims.
9. The proliferation of social networking websites has also contributed to the increase in cyberterrorism.
10. The criminal community on the dark web, where cybercriminals buy and sell stolen sensitive information, is growing as the social media platform has become fertile ground for online crooks.
However, social media is also an effective tool in combating cybercrime, as many people can easily take photos or record videos of cybercriminals while they commit cybercrime. The image and recorded video can be shared with many anti-transplant agencies and law enforcement officials within minutes. This will of course help a lot in the investigation and prosecution of cybercriminals.
Rotimi Onadipe is accessible via [email protected]