Encyclopedia of Cybercrime

Encyclopedia of Cybercrime

Encyclopedia of Cybercrime

Encyclopedia of Cybercrime

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There are today no more compelling sets of crime and security threats facing nations, communities, organizations, groups, families, and individuals than those encompassed by cybercrime. For over 50 years crime enabled by computing and telecommunications technologies has increasingly threatened societies as they have become reliant on information systems for sustaining modernized living. Cybercrime is not a new phenomenon, but rather an evolving one with respect to adoption of information technology (IT) for abusive and criminal purposes. Further, by virtue of the myriad ways in which IT is abused, it represents a technological shift in the nature of crime rather than a new form of criminal behavior. In other words, the nature of crime and its impacts on society are changing to the extent the Internet and other information systems, along with computers and other types of IT such as multipurpose cellular phones and PDAs, are used for illicit purposes.

Understanding and preventing cybercrime in its many forms requires basic knowledge about ways in which traditional crimes are becoming increasingly high tech and complex. Fortunately, the Encyclopedia of Cybercrime provides nontechnical explanations about the most important cybercrime-related issues by using simple terms in straightforward ways. A person does not need any prior education in computer science, software engineering, or network administration to understand, enjoy, and use this reference work. Indeed, the Encyclopedia has been specifically written with the information needs and interests of high school and undergraduate college students in mind. However, the book is written as an authoritative source of information inclusive of discussions about all major types of cybercrime offending victimization sure to be of interest to parents, teachers, security professionals, managers of organizations, and public policy officials.

This work is the first comprehensive encyclopedia to address cybercrime. Topical articles address all key areas of concern and specifically those having to do with terminology, definitions, and social constructs of crime; national infrastructure security vulnerabilities and capabilities; types of attacks to computers and information systems; computer abusers and cybercriminals; criminological, sociological, psychological, technological, and theoretical underpinnings of cybercrime; social and economic impacts of crime enabled with information technology inclusive of harms experienced by victims of cybercrimes and computer abuse; emerging and controversial issues such . . .

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