First 'Online Murder' in 2014?

October 06, 2014 19:36
First 'Online Murder' in 2014?

So far we have heard about crimes in different forms and now the crime has found a new way. The European Union's law enforcement agency Europol has cautioned the looming threat of "online murder" as cyber criminals exploit internet technology to target victims. In an alarming assessment of the physical danger posed by online crime, Europol said it expected a rise in "injury and possible deaths" caused by computer attacks on critical safety equipment.

Citing a US security firm report, Europol predicted that the first murder via 'hacked internet-connected device' would happen by the end of 2014. According to the experts, the opportunities for tampering with devices come amid predictions that billions of devices will be connected to the internet within the next couple of decades and this make things easy for online murder.

The assessment also reported that criminals are exploiting new ways of crime especially through the web platform which will eventually make the culprits unnoticed. "Death by internet" was already a reality from online extortion and blackmail that has led to suicide.

If at all online murder won't occur in this year by next few years, experts expect it more affective and will bring new headaches to the security agencies.

(AW: Vamshi)

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