Cybercrime is crime committed via the Internet and computer systems. One category of cybercrimes are those affecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data and computer systems; they include: unauthorised access to computer systems, illegal interception of data transmissions, data interference (damaging, deletion, deterioration, alteration of suppression of data), system interference (the hindering without right of the functioning of a computer or other device), forgery, fraud, identity theft.  

Other types of cybercrimes are content-related, and involve the production, offering, distribution, procurement and possession of online content deemed as illegal according to national laws: online child sexual abuse material, material advocating a terrorist-related act, extremist material (material encouraging hate, violence or acts of terrorism), cyber-bullying (engaging in offensive, menacing or harassing behaviour through the use of technology).

Cybercrime is part of a broader cybersecurity approach, and is aimed at ensuring Internet safety and security.

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Ms Andrijana Gavrilović

Digital Policy Programmes Assistant, DiploFoundation

Ms Andrijana Gavrilović works with digital policy programmes at DiploFoundation where she focuses on Internet governance and cybersecurity issues. She closely coordinates the work of curators within the Cybersecurity basket at the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) Digital Watch observatory.