Organized Crime and New Technologies: a Double-Edged Sword

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Abstract

Numerous States have largely benefited from new technologies. They are, however, not the only one to have done so. Organized Crime, and cybercrime in particular, have also taken advantage of the vulnerabilities of the information system – which constitutes the basis for the functioning of our societies – for their own profit. Although we have managed to gather a considerable amount of knowledge concerning this issue, our efforts have been unsuccessful in controlling the growing number of cyber-attacks and their consequent losses for companies and individuals. Nevertheless, we should not adopt the pessimistic view, according to which there is no efficient way to handle this type of criminality. Naturally, much work remains to be developed: populations have to become more aware of the dangers related to Internet and its consequences; there is a growing need for skilled technicians; research lacks real investment; and the different sectors of society have to deepen their cooperation. After promptly embracing all the benefits that new technologies could foster, we are now confronted with the fact of having to accept, as well, its negative consequences.
Translated title of the contributionOrganized Crime and New Technologies: a Double-Edged Sword
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)175-192
Number of pages18
JournalNação e Defesa
Volume111
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005

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