The era of the Internet and the potential and exhibition of Internet-related crime has greatly redefined the way in which criminality is punished and the boundaries of geography for where a particular crime was committed; as opposed to where it can be punished are determined. Accordingly, the growth and electronic crimes and the means by which hackers and other such criminals are able to engage in their crimes from the safety of many hundreds if not thousands of miles away has created a demand for a legal precedent that would encourage a level of culpability for individuals that might not otherwise be punished for the crimes they are accused. However, by much the same token, individual analysts have pointed to a dangerous slippery slope that is currently developing with respect to the way in which prosecution of criminals that are afforded international due process is currently occurring at a rate that appears to erode certain civil liberties that have long been accepted and practice. A particular case that helps to exhibit this dynamic, and one that will be analyzed at length within this brief analysis, is with respect to the way in which agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) lured to Russian nationals to New York; seemingly as a function of going on a job interview. As these individuals saw this lucrative offer as a potentially beneficial step in the right direction, both of them travel to the United States and attempted to interview for the job in question. As might be expected, the Federal Bureau of investigations, as well as other required federal agencies, quickly apprehended them upon their arrival in the United States and charged them with hacking crimes that had been conducted against United States businesses during the late 1990s. Additionally, research into the case illustrates that the United States was also responsible for downloading information concerning their crimes from computers that were physically located within the Russian Federation (Gomes & Bridis, 2001).
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