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Electronic Theft
Unlawful Acquisition in Cyberspace


  • Date Published: July 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521152860

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  • 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
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    Reviews & endorsements

    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

    • Date Published: July 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521152860
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Authors

    Peter Grabosky, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra

    Russell G. Smith, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra

    Gillian Dempsey, University of Queensland

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