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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
How has the internet transformed criminal behaviour? What is different about
cybercrime compared with traditional criminal activity? What new criminal
opportunities have arisen? What impact might cybercrime have on public security?
In this exciting new text, David Wall carefully examines these and other
important issues. He discusses what is known about cybercrime, disentangling
the rhetoric of risk assessment from its reality.
Looking at the full range of cybercrime, he shows how the increase in personal
computing power available within a globalized communications network has
affected the nature of and response to criminal activities. Drawing on
empirical research findings and multidisciplinary sources he goes on to argue
that we are beginning to experience a new generation of automated cybercrimes,
which are almost completely mediated by networked technologies that are
We have now entered the world of low impact, multiple victim crimes in which
bank robbers, for example, no longer have to meticulously plan the theft of
millions of dollars. New technological capabilities at their disposal now mean
that one person can effectively commit millions of robberies of one dollar
each. Against this background, David Wall scrutinizes the regulatory challenges
that cybercrime poses for the criminal (and civil) justice processes, at both
the national and the international levels.
This book offers the most comprehensive, and intellectually robust, account of
cybercrime currently available. It is suitable for use on courses across the
social sciences, and in computer science, and will appeal to advanced
undergraduate and graduate students.