Emerging Cybercrime Variants in the Socio-Technical Space

Emerging Cybercrime Variants in the Socio-Technical Space

Wilson Huang (Valdosta State University, USA) and Shun-Yung Kevin Wang (Florida State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-984-7.ch113


This chapter examines the gaps that arise between reactive social control systems and proactive technology systems. The authors further link these gaps to cybercrime patterns and growth, by a theoretical framework that depicts the role that cybercrime plays in different gaps. This further suggests a typology of cybercrime, based on instrumental vs. expressive differences between offenses. Recent and emerging criminal activities and formal and informal control responses are reviewed and evaluated to illustrate this cybercrime framework and typology. The result is proactive strategies that can help prevent cybercrime from occurring in the disjoints between social and technical systems.

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