Colbert isn't a criminal--he is just being funny!
I do not have any personal experiences with serious Internet crime. But, freshman
year of college I got an email from a supposed bank telling me that there was
unusual activity on my card. It then linked me to a site where I was to enter all my
persona information for "security" reasons. I started doing it, and just as I was
doign so my mom called and I told her what I was doing. She said, "STOP!" I
was such a fool. I think that was when I started exploring and be very careful with
everything I did on the internet. So, four years ago I was much like the
participants in Dhamija's study: "Many users cannot distinguish a legitimate
website from a spoofed website. In our study, the
best phishing site was able to fool more than 90% of participants" (Dhamija 9).
Now, I am very careful when I go to websites to purchase items online. I make
sure they do not save my credit card information, and I always make sure the
security tag in the bottom right hand corner appears. Additionally, I liek to delete
my cookies so websites do not remember me. I rarely, if ever, type my social
security number out online. Instead, I call and make sure it is completely
necessary that they have it.
I am not sure if it is unethcial for people in 3rd world countries to try and scam us.
If I were actually them, I would probably think it was a great idea! If Americans are
dumb enough to fall for it, it is almost like they are asking for it! But, in reality and
at the heart of the matter, it is unethical. Maybe what I am saying is it is
understandable why they do it. But after watching the video, it makes me mad
that they are doing it and outwardly know it is wrong. I am proud of the
government in Nigeria for following through and arresting the criminals.
I do think tweaking wikipedia entries is a crime. If wikipedia can be kept reliable,
I think it is a great way for Americans to give the best, most unbiased view of a
subject matter. Even though Colbert seems to think "if enough other users agree
with them [writers], it becomes true" (McCarthy 1). I disagree, because if one is
foolish enough to only use one source for their resource, then it becomes the
users fault. I do not think Steven Colbert is a criminal, I just think he is funny. That
is his job--to make fun of things and cause a little controversy.