Cybercrime: The Transformation of Crime in the Information Age

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Polity, Sep 17, 2007 - Computers - 276 pages
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How has the internet transformed criminal behaviour? What isdifferent about cybercrime compared with traditional criminalactivity? What new criminal opportunities have arisen? What impactmight cybercrime have on public security?

In this exciting new text, David Wall carefully examines theseand other important issues. He discusses what is known aboutcybercrime, disentangling the rhetoric of risk assessment from itsreality.

Looking at the full range of cybercrime, he shows how theincrease in personal computing power available within a globalizedcommunications network has affected the nature of and response tocriminal activities. Drawing on empirical research findings andmultidisciplinary sources he goes on to argue that we are beginningto experience a new generation of automated cybercrimes, which arealmost completely mediated by networked technologies that arethemselves converging.

We have now entered the world of low impact, multiple victimcrimes in which bank robbers, for example, no longer have tometiculously plan the theft of millions of dollars. Newtechnological capabilities at their disposal now mean that oneperson can effectively commit millions of robberies of one dollareach. Against this background, David Wall scrutinizes theregulatory challenges that cybercrime poses for the criminal (andcivil) justice processes, at both the national and theinternational levels.

This book offers the most comprehensive, and intellectuallyrobust, account of cybercrime currently available. It is suitablefor use on courses across the social sciences, and in computerscience, and will appeal to advanced undergraduate and graduatestudents.


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Understanding Crime in the Information Age What are cybercrimes and what do we know about them?
Cyberspace and the Transformation of Criminal Activity How have networked technologies changed opportunities for criminal activity?
Computer Integrity Crime Hacking Cracking and Denial of Service How has criminal activity changed in the information age? Part 1
ComputerAssisted Crime Virtual Robberies Scams and Thefts How has criminal activity changed in the information age? Part 2
Computer Content Crime Pornography Violence Offensive Communications How has criminal activity changed in the information age? Part 3
Cybercrime Futures The Automation of OffenderVictim Engagement How is criminal activity continuing to change in the information age?
Policing Online Behaviour Maintaining Order and Law on the Cyberbeat How is cyberspace policed and by whom?
Controlling and Preventing Cybercrime How are cybercrimes to be regulated and prevented?
Conclusions The Transformation of Crime in the Information Age
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About the author (2007)

D.S. Wall, Professor of Criminal Justice, Head of the School of Law and member of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds

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