Since the 1990s, cybercrime has become a matter of national priority and international policy. Research and teaching programs have proliferated alongside a large and sophisticated cybercrime security industry with investments being counted in the billions of dollars. Yet, while there is little disagreement that the problem exists, there is considerable debate as to what cybercrime exactly is and how to deal with it. This entry explores 10 key observations that can facilitate the understanding of its nature, the surrounding debates, and importantly the offenders.


The first observation is that cybercrime takes place in a cyberspace, an imaginary space created by the social reaction to the intersection of digital and network technologies and culturally shaped by social science fiction. Social behavior online has been transformed by digital ...

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