Corruption is as old as man. Among the many lines from the Old Testament are these,
Ecclesiastes 9:3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
With the technology of the modern world, people are now more aware of this corruption in their respective countries. Heretofore, more things were kept secret; however, now anyone in the public arena is subject to intense scrutiny, a scrutiny that often reveals the corruption of an individual. Also, with the emphasis upon material possessions as the measure of one's worth, more and more temptations are presented to people to be corrupt as corruption often leads to wealth.