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David S. Wall

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Chapter 4: The Internet as a Conduit for Criminal Activity

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The Internet as a Conduit for Criminal Activity
The internet as a conduit for criminal activity
David S.Wall

Although there appears to be a common view that the Internet has had a major impact on criminality, there is much less consensus as to what that impact has been. Many sources make claims about the prevalence of cybercrime (i.e., networked computer crime) without clarifying what is precisely the issue at hand. Indeed, when so-called cases of cybercrime come to court, they often have the familiar ring of the “traditional” rather than the “cyber” about them. Fraud, pornography, pedophilia, and the like are already covered by substantive areas of law in most jurisdictions. Even more confusing is the gap between the many hundreds of thousands of estimated incidents and ...

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