February 1, 2021
Each year the National Center for State Courts releases a look at national and global issues that may be five to ten years away from impacting state courts in our On the Horizon series. The New Tombstone: Identifying the Cybercrime Schemes of the Digital Age Clanton Gang, looks at the increase in cybercrime and how new technology is shifting the types of crimes courts brought before the court.
Crime is evolving faster than legislatures can enact laws to address it. This means on top of understanding the new technology and how it is being used to harm, courts must also determine whether existing laws apply to this new frontier. It also means courts may need to reallocate personnel and resources away from other areas to handle rising cybercrime caseloads.
The New Tombstone highlights:
- Cybercrime is predicted to reach 7 percent of the Global GDP by 2021
- In-home cameras are being accessed by criminals who are watching, and interacting with their victims, who in some instances are children.
- Popular apps are being used by foreign governments to collect information on U.S. citizens.
- Popular apps may be collecting protected information on children or give predators easier access to children.
- Smart devices in cars, including AI, Internet connectivity, and even radio frequencies, provide points of entry for criminals to take control of the vehicles.
- Social media influencers are using their children to gain fans and to tap into the $8 billion dollar industry where children do not have the same protection as child actors.
- Companies are trying to claim ownership of your online activity.
To read the entire article check out the latest edition of On the Horizon.