Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Rise of International Cybercrime

By Erica K. Waters
Erica Waters, originally the class of 2016, graduated from Albany Law School in December 2015 after accelerating her studies into a two-and-a-half-year program. While attending Albany Law School, she was a member of the Moot Court Board, competed on an appellate travel team, and, along with her partner Kellan Potts, won the Fall 2015 Donna Jo Morse Client Counseling competition.
Ms. Waters passed the February 2016 New York State Bar Examination, and is currently awaiting admission to the New York Bar. Currently, Ms. Waters is an Associate at The Colwell Law Group, LLC in Albany, New York.
She prepared this paper for Prof. Bonventre’s International Law of War & Crime Seminar.

Few topics in the international community are so current and demanding of multi-national attention than that of international cybercrime. With the digital age upon us, war and crime are now dealt with online just as much, if not more, than in the traditional sense of hand-to-hand combat or via state intrusion.

Cybercrime is a fast-growing area of crime, especially in the international arena.  More criminals are exploiting the speed, convenience, and anonymity of the Internet to commit a diverse range of criminal activities that know no borders, cause serious harm on an undefined scale, and pose real threats to victims worldwide.

As cybercrime is a relatively novel topic compared to its more traditional counterparts, what has the international community done to keep up with this very real, very immediate threat? This paper will briefly address the international community’s response to international cybercrime, with an eye toward the next steps in addressing this growing facet of our globalized world.
To read the entire paper, open HERE.