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Cybercrime and Society

Second Edition


© 2013 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Cybercrime is a complex and ever-changing phenomenon. This book offers a clear and engaging introduction to this fascinating subject by situating it in the wider context of social, political, cultural and economic change. Taking into account recent developments in social networking and mobile communications, this new edition tackles a range of themes spanning criminology, sociology, law, politics and cultural studies, including:

- computer hacking

- cyber-terrorism

- piracy and intellectual property theft

- financial fraud and identity theft

- hate speech

- internet pornography

- online stalking

- policing the internet

- surveillance and censorship

Complete with useful recommendations for further reading, incisive discussion questions and an updated glossary of key terms, Cybercrime and Society is an essential resource for all students and academics interested in cybercrime and the future of the Internet.

 
About the Author
 
Preface to the Second Edition
 
Acknowledgements
 
Cybercrime and the Internet: An Introduction
Perceptions of Cybercrime  
Cybercrime: Questions and Answers  
A Brief History and Analysis of the Internet  
Defining and Classifying Cybercrime  
What's 'New' About Cybercrime?  
How Many Crimes? Assessing the Scale of Internet Offences  
Challenges for Criminology, Criminal Justice and Policing  
Summary  
Study questions  
Further reading  
 
Hackers, Crackers and Viral Coders
Hackers and Hacking - Contested Definitions  
Representations of Hackers and Hacking: Technological Fears and Fantasies  
What Hackers Actually Do: A Brief Guide for the Technologically Bewildered  
Hacker Myths and Realities: Wizards or Button-Pushers?  
'Why Do They Do It?' Motivation, Psychology, Gender and Youth  
Hacking and the Law: Legislative Innovations and Responses  
Summary  
Study Questions  
Further Reading  
 
Political Hacking: From Hacktivism to Cyberterrorism
Introduction  
Hacktivism and the Politics of Resistance in a Globalised World  
The Spectre of Cyberterrorism  
Why Cyber-Terror? Terrorist Advantages of Utilising Internet Attacks  
Rhetorics and Myths of Cyberterrorism  
Alternate Conjunctions Between Terrorism and the Internet  
Summary  
Study Questions  
Further Reading  
 
Virtual 'Pirates': Intellectual Property Theft Online
Introduction  
Intellectual Property, Copyright and 'Piracy': An Overview  
Scope and Scale of Piracy Activity  
Explaining the Growth of Internet Piracy  
Who Are the 'Pirates'?  
The Development of Anti-Piracy Initiatives  
Thinking Critically About Piracy Statistics  
Thinking Critically About Intellectual Property Rights  
Summary  
Study Questions  
Further Reading  
 
Cyber-Frauds, Scams and Cons
Introduction  
Scope and Scale of Online Fraud  
Varieties of Online Fraud  
Online Fraud: Perpetrators' Advantages and Criminal Justice's Problems  
Strategies For Policing and Combating Internet Frauds  
Summary  
Study Questions  
Further Reading  
 
Illegal, Harmful and Offensive Content Online: From Hate Speech to 'the Dangers' of Pornography
Introduction  
Thinking About 'Hate Speech'  
Hate Speech Online  
Legal, Policing and Political Challenges in Tackling Online Hate Speech  
The Growth and Popularity of Internet Pornography  
Criminological Issues Relating to Internet Pornography  
Summary  
Study questions  
Further reading  
 
Child Pornography and Child Sex Abuse Imagery
Introduction  
Child Pornography and the Internet: Images, Victims and Offenders  
Legislative and Policing Measures to Combat Online Child Pornography  
Legal and Policing Challenges in Tackling Child Pornography  
The Controversy Over Virtual Child Pornography  
Summary  
Study questions  
Further Reading  
 
The Victimization of Individuals Online: Cyberstalking and Paedophilia
Introduction  
The Emergence of Stalking as a Crime Problem  
Cyberstalking  
Online Paedophilia  
Thinking Critically About Online Victimization: Stalking and Paedophilia as Moral Panics?  
Summary  
Study Questions  
Further Reading  
 
Policing the Internet
Introduction  
Public Policing and the Cybercrime Problem  
Pluralised Policing: The Involvement of Quasi-State and Non-State Actors in Policing the Internet  
Privatised 'For-Profit' Cybercrime Policing  
Explaining the Pluralisation and Privatisation of Internet Policing  
Critical Issues About Private Policing of the Internet  
Summary  
Study Questions  
Further Reading  
 
Cybercrimes and Cyberliberties: Surveillance, Privacy and Crime Control
Introduction  
From Surveillance to Dataveillance: The Rise of the Electronic Web  
The Development of Internet Surveillance  
The Dilemmas of Surveillance as Crime Control: The Case of Encryption  
Summary  
Study questions  
Further reading  

The Second Edition of Cybercrime and Society does not disappoint. Majid Yar delivers yet again with his now customary brand of accessibility and élan. Look no further for your cybercrime primer.
Dr. Keith Hayward
Professor of Criminology, University of Kent


Up-to-date, clear and decisive in its analysis, Majid Yar's second edition is an essential reference work, not only for students of cybercrime, but also for those charged with designing and implementing effective regulatory responses.
Dr Russell G Smith
Principal Criminologist, Australian Institute of Criminology


Important contribution to emerging field. Will be ordering for library and adding to reading lists from level 4

Dr William Jackson
School of Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University
August 14, 2015

Yar's book provides a comprehensive overview of cybercrimes and their impact on society. It is simply a must have text for anyone undertaking research in the area.

Dr Lisa Sugiura
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, Southampton University
March 10, 2015

A great book, providing critical and sociological perspectives on the complex issues of cybercrime.

Dr Joakim Thelander
Department of , Kristianstad University
January 12, 2015

This book provides context to cyber crime for modern society. It compliments the theory covered in the crime and deviance module of Sociology.

Ms Sarah McLaughlin
Sociology , Bridgwater College
April 8, 2014

Good contemporary piece that offers up-to-date coverage of the internet crime problems in the 21st century.

Ms Anne Eason
Sch of Social Sciences, Law & Criminal Justice Studies, Northampton University
October 23, 2013

The module on which this mainly utilised has changed its focus from computerised crime to a Digital Forensics Fundamentals module. This book is still supplemental reading for the module as it gives students a very good understanding of the amin issues concerning the inter-related worlds of cyber technology and crime, and it is also recommended to students in other individual sessions when we discuss the impact of the cyber world upon criminal investigations.

Dr Peter Hall
Social and Community Studies, Coventry University
September 18, 2013

This is very useful text and is ideally pitched at undergraduate students (and staff teaching at this level) with an interest in crime and the discourses of crime as they are applied to electronic communications. The author never loses sight of the reader and helpfully explains key terms and terminology, and also provides helpful prompt questions for further study

Mr Robert Jewitt
Art, Design & Media, Sunderland University
September 13, 2013

This is one of the more accessable texts for students. It is interesting, informative about cybercrime and very up to date.

Dr Jo Brayford
School of Health and Social Sciences, University of Wales, Newport
July 12, 2013

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Chapter One: Cybercrime and the Internet


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