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 offence, the justice response, and policymakers' 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.

Chapter 13 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

part II|75 pages


chapter 4|28 pages

Predictors of cybercrime victimization

Causal effects or biased associations?

chapter 5|23 pages

Virtual danger

An overview of interpersonal cybercrimes

chapter 6|22 pages

Sexual violence in digital society

Understanding the human and technosocial factors

part III|180 pages


chapter 7|14 pages

Cybercrime subcultures

Contextualizing offenders and the nature of the offence

chapter 9|22 pages

Contrasting cyber-dependent and traditional offenders

A comparison on criminological explanations and potential prevention methods

chapter 11|18 pages

Modelling cybercrime development

The case of Vietnam

chapter 12|28 pages

Humanizing the cybercriminal

Markets, forums, and the carding subculture

part IV|88 pages


chapter 15|20 pages

Policing cybercrime

Responding to the growing problem and considering future solutions

chapter 16|30 pages

Responding to individual fraud

Perspectives of the fraud justice network

chapter 17|19 pages

The ecology of cybercrime

chapter 18|17 pages

Displacing big data

How criminals cheat the system