When this book was first published in 2001, the convergence of communications and computing had begun to transform Western industrial societies. Increasing connectivity was accompanied by unprecedented opportunities for crimes of acquisition. The fundamental principle of criminology is that crime follows opportunity, and opportunities for theft abound in the digital age. Electronic Theft named, described and analysed the range of electronic and digital theft, and constituted the first major survey of the field. The authors covered 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 unauthorised use of personal information. They were able to capture impressively large amounts of data internationally from both scholarly and professional sources. The book posed and attempted to answer some of the pressing questions to do with national sovereignty and enforceability of laws in 2001.
• First major study of its type when published in 2000 • Covers a broad list of electronic misdemeanours • International in focus
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.
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