Electronic Theft: Unlawful Acquisition in Cyberspace

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The fundamental principle of criminology is that crime follows opportunity, and opportunities for theft abound in the digital age. This study names, describes and analyzes the range of electronic and digital theft, and constitutes the first major survey of the field. The authors cover a broad list of electronic misdemeanours, including extortion, defrauding governments, telephone fraud, securities fraud, deceptive advertising and other business practices, industrial espionage, intellectual property crimes, and the misappropriation and unauthorized use of personal information. The book poses and attempts to answer some pressing questions concerning national sovereignty and enforceability of laws.

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Review of the hardback: '… an excellent read for those who want to get a general understanding of theft in the communication age … I would recommend this book to anyone interested in how the study of criminology has been accommodated to new digital technologies.' International Journal of Law and Information Technology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521805971
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.93 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; 1. Theft and cyberspace; 2. Stealing funds electronically; 3. Digital extortion; 4. Defrauding governments electronically; 5. Telephone fraud and theft of internet services; 6. Online securities fraud; 7. Electronic 'snake oil': deceptive and misleading online advertising and business practices; 8. Intellectual property in cyberspace; 9. Industrial espionage in the digital age; 10. The electronic misappropriation and dissemination of personal information; 11. The limits of the law in controlling electronic theft; References; Index.

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