Increased use of the internet, the COVID-19 pandemic, developments in technology and capabilities in cyberspace have all led to a significant increase of criminality within the same domain. This phenomenon, which is referred to as cybercrime, covers a multitude of prohibited acts which are often complex and can cross national borders with ease.
The impact and consequences of cybercrime are equally diverse and complex: damage to economies, integrity of governance, privacy, national security as well as personal well-being and security to name a few.
Cybercrime in Action: An International Approach to Cybercrime is a book that provides a powerful combination of multidisciplinary and international expertise from academia and law enforcement sectors. Scholars from a variety of global regions come together to offer state of the art research and insights all in one place. Each chapter of the book is presented in a way that allows the reader to gain granular details of the subject area analysed therein.
While the book does not cover all types of cybercrime (a formidable task which cannot be undertaken in a single volume), it provides important, authoritative, and concise findings on contemporary and/or emerging cybercriminal acts and measures that are designed to counter them. It is divided into four interrelated thematic areas:
- governance and policing in cyberspace
- security in cyberspace
Prof Umut Turksen, from the Centre in Financial and Corporate Integrity at Coventry University, and coordinator of the TRACE project (along with other editors Dr Naci Akdemir and Dr James Lawless) has contributed to this discussion by specifically focusing on the following questions:
- What are the factors that render businesses and charities a target of a cybercrime attack?
- What are the determinants of being a victim of cybercrime at the aggregate level?
As organised crime networks operate across borders, use legal loopholes and advanced technology, it is notoriously difficult to detect, and trace hidden and illicit money flows. The TRACE project will introduce innovative data management solutions combined with AI analytics to enhance the capabilities of law enforcement agencies in tracing and recovering illicit money flows and generating court‐proof e‐evidence, assisting in the essential fight against cybercrime.
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