This volume presents the reader with an interesting and, at times, provocative selection of contemporary thinking about cybercrimes and their regulation. The contributions cover the years 2002-2007, during which period internet service delivery speeds increased a thousand-fold from 56kb to 56mb per second. When combined with advances in networked technology, these faster internet speeds not only made new digital environments more easily accessible, but they also helped give birth to a completely new generation of purely internet-related cybercrimes ranging from spamming, phishing and other automated frauds to automated crimes against the integrity of the systems and their content. In order to understand these developments, the volume introduces new cybercrime viewpoints and issues, but also a critical edge supported by some of the new research that is beginning to challenge and surpass the hitherto journalistically-driven news stories that were once the sole source of information about cybercrimes.
Contents: Introduction; Part I Developments in Thinking About Cybercrimes: The novelty of 'cybercrime': an assessment in light of routine activity theory, Majid Yar; The criminology of hybrids: rethinking crime and law in technosocial networks, Sheila Brown. Part II Changes in the Organization of Crime Online: Organized cybercrime? How cyberspace may affect the structure of criminal relationships, Susan W. Brenner; Digital realism and the governance of spam as cybercrime, David S. Wall; Can the law can spam? Legislation is a blunt instrument with which to beat junk email, Sandy Starr; Can technology can spam? IT companies do battle with bulk email, Sandy Starr; Viruses, worms and Trojan horses: serious crimes, nuisance, or both?, Lorine A. Hughes and Gregory J. DeLone; Policing diversity in the digital age: maintaining order in virtual communities, David S. Wall and Matthew Williams. Part III The Changing Nature of Cybercrime: Computer Integrity Crime: Hackers and the contested ontology of cyberspace, Helen Nissenbaum; The internet in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack, Briavel Holcombe, Philip B. Bakelaar and Mark Zizzamia; Computer Assisted Crime: Cross-national investigation and prosecution of intellectual property crimes: the operation of 'Operation Buccaneer', Gregor Urbas; Identity theft, identity fraud and /or identity-related crime. Definitions matter, Bert-Jaap Koops and Ronald Leenes; Computer Content Crime: International police operations against online child pornography, Tony Krone; Fetishising images, Barbara Hewson; Now you see it, now you don’t: digital images and the meaning of 'possession', Jonathan Clough; Cyberstalking and cyberpredators: a threat to safe sexuality on the internet, Francesca Philips and Gabrielle Morrissey; The social construction of digital danger: debating, defusing and inflating the moral dangers of online humor and pornography in the Netherlands and the United States, Giselinde Kuipers; Hiding in plain sight: an