Cybercrime: Thieves, Swindlers, Bandits and Privateers in Cyberspace

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    This chapter describes the definitions and scope of cybercrime including an outline of the history of hackers and the role of criminal networks and markets in the dissemination of malicious software and other contraband such as illicit drugs, stolen credit cards and personal identification, firearms, and criminal services. Different cybercrime types and methods are described, including the widespread use of ‘social engineering’ or deception in computer misuse and identity theft. The challenges facing law enforcement in the suppression of cybercrime and the important role of private and public partnerships, as well as cross-national cooperation in the suppression of cybercrime is illustrated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Cyber Security
    Editors Paul Cornish
    Place of PublicationUK
    PublisherOxford Handbooks Online
    ISBN (Print)9780198800682
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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