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Cyber crime


Internet crime is booming as more and more people use online services. Jackie and Callum talk about the language of some of the most common computer-related crimes, otherwise known as 'cybercrimes'.

This week's question: The word spam is defined by the New Oxford Dictionary of English as "Irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of newsgroups or users." But when did this definition of the word spam enter the New Oxford Dictionary?

a) 1993
b) 1995
c) 1998

Listen out for the answer in the programme!


Vocabulary from the programme

the crime of illegally copying and selling music, books, films etc.

to hack
to use a computer to get into someone else's computer system without their permission
Example: He managed to hack into the government's computer system and steal sensitive information.

identity theft
a crime involving illegally using someone else's identity
Example: Hundreds of people have been the victims of identity theft.

the use of the internet to repeatedly harass (upset or threaten) someone

a scam
a trick involving getting someone's trust then exploiting it (e.g. by stealing money from them)
Example: Internet scams are becoming more and more common.

to draw you in
to get your confidence and trust
Example: He drew her in by promising he would buy her lots of expensive gifts.

a conman
someone who uses scams to exploit people
Example: I thought he was going to be the man I'd marry, but it turned out he was just a conman who used me.

a cyber attack, cyber warfare
the use of computers to attack or fight a war through electronic systems
Example: Last year there was a cyber attack on the Estonian government.

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