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The Human Factor of Cybercrime

1st Edition

Edited by Rutger Leukfeldt, Thomas J. Holt


464 pages

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pub: 2019-10-28
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Cybercrimes are often viewed as technical offenses that require technical solutions, such as antivirus programs or automated intrusion detection tools. However, these crimes are committed by individuals or networks of people, which prey upon human victims, and are detected and prosecuted by criminal justice personnel. As a result, human decision-making plays a substantial role in the course of an offense, the justice response, and policy-makers attempts to legislate against these crimes. This book focuses on the human factor in cybercrime: its offenders, victims and parties involved in tackling cybercrime.

The distinct nature of cybercrime has consequences for the entire spectrum of crime and raises myriad questions about the nature of offending and victimization. For example, are cybercriminals the same as traditional offenders, or are there new offender types with distinct characteristics and motives? What foreground and situational characteristics influence the decision-making process of offenders? Which personal and situational characteristics provide an increased or decreased risk of cybercrime victimization? This book brings together leading criminologists from around the world to consider these questions, and examine all facets of victimization, offending, offender networks, and policy responses.

Table of Contents

Part I: Background

1. It ain’t what it is, its the way that they do it? Why we still don’t understand cybercrime

Mike McGuire

2. Contributions of Criminological Theory to the Understanding of Cybercrime Offending and Victimization

Adam Bossler

3. The Open And Dark Web: Facilitating Cybercrime And Technology-Enabled Offenses

Claudia Flamand and David Décary-Hétu

Part II: Victims

4. Predictors of Cybercrime Victimization: Causal Effects or Biased Associations?

Steve van de Weijer

5. Virtual Danger: An Overview of Interpersonal Cybercrimes

Jordana Navarro

6. Sexual Violence in Digital Society: Understanding the Human and Technosocial Factors

Anastasia Powell, Asher Flynn and Nicola Henry

Part III: Offenders

7. Cybercrime subcultures: Contextualizing offenders and the nature of the offense

Thomas J. Holt

8. On Social Engineering

Kevin Steinmetz, Richard Goe and Alexandra Pimentel

9. Contrasting cyber-dependent and traditional offenders: a comparison on criminological explanations and potential prevention methods

Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg

10. Financial cybercrimes and situational crime prevention

Rutger Leukfeldt and Jurjen Jansen

11. Modelling Cybercrime Development:The case of Vietnam

Jonathan Lusthaus

12. Humanising the Cybercriminal: Markets, Forums and the Carding Subculture

Craig Webber and Michael Yip

13. The Roles of ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Media Tools and Technologies in the Facilitation of Violent Extremism and Terrorism

Ryan Scrivens and Maura Conway

14. Child Sex Abuse Images and Exploitation Materials

Roderic Broadhurst

Part IV : Policing

15. Policing Cybercrime: Responding to the Growing Problem and Considering Future Solutions

Cassandra Dodge and George Burruss

16. Responding to individual fraud: Perspectives of the ‘Fraud Justice Network’ Cassandra Cross

17. The Ecology of Cybercrime

Benoît Dupont

18. Displacing big data: How criminals cheat the system

Alice Hutchings, Sergio Pastrana and Richard Clayton

About the Editors

Dr. Rutger Leukfeldt is senior researcher and cybercrime cluster coordinator at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR). Furthermore, Rutger is director of the Cybersecurity & SMEs Research Center of the Hague University of Applied Sciences. Over the last decade, Rutger worked on a number of cybercrime studies for the Dutch government and private companies. Rutger is currently the chair of the Cybercrime Working Group of the European Society of Criminology (ESC).

Dr. Thomas J. Holt is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, specializing in cybercrime, cyberterrorism, and the police response to these threats. His work has been published in a range of journals, and he is also the author of multiple books and edited works.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Crime and Society

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / General
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / Human-Computer Interaction
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology