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Controversy over whether Spoofing Constitutes a Criminal Offense on SNS

  • Legal Theory & Practice Review
  • Abbr : LTPR
  • 2024, 12(2), pp.323-357
  • Publisher : The Korea Society for Legal Theory and Practice Inc.
  • Research Area : Social Science > Law
  • Received : April 23, 2024
  • Accepted : May 22, 2024
  • Published : May 31, 2024

Lee Sang hoon 1

1호서대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Spoofing is a way for cybercriminals to become known or trusted sources. There are various forms of spoofing, including email spoofing, IP spoofing, DNS spoofing, GPS spoofing, website spoofing, and spoofing calls. By becoming a trusted source, attackers gain access to their targets and gain access to their systems and devices. The ultimate goal is to steal information, demand money, and install malware and other harmful software on your device. If a spoofing attack is successful, there is a risk of serious damage, including theft of personal and company information, collection of credentials used in future attacks, spread of malware, illegal acquisition of network access rights, and evasion of access control. For businesses, spoofing attacks can lead to ransomware attacks, data corruption, and costly data breaches. There are several types of spoofing attacks, but the more direct ones use email, websites, and phones. More complex and technical attacks use IP addresses, Address Resolution Protocol (ARP), and Domain Name System (DNS) servers. So, is spoofing on SNS a crime? The answer is that the act of spoofing itself is not a crime. This is because there are currently no specific laws regulating spoofing activities. However, it is important to note that if you use a spoofing account to commit illegal activities, you may violate laws such as defamation or fraud. If you are a victim of a spoofing crime, it is important to identify the person behind the account and hold them civilly and criminally liable. In this study, we will briefly review examples of spoofing crimes on SNS, scope of legal responsibility, and ways to deal with damage.

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