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Cybercrime and You: How Criminals Attack and the Human Factors That They Seek to Exploit

Nurse, Jason R. C. (2019) Cybercrime and You: How Criminals Attack and the Human Factors That They Seek to Exploit. In: Attrill-Smith, Alison and Fullwood, Chris and Keep, Melanie and Kuss, Daria J., eds. The Oxford Handbook of Cyberpsychology. Oxford University Press. E-ISBN 978-0-19-881274-6. (doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198812746.013.35) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Cybercrime is a significant challenge to society, but it can be particularly harmful to the individuals who become victims. This chapter engages in a comprehensive and topical analysis of the cybercrimes that target individuals. It also examines the motivation of criminals that perpetrate such attacks and the key human factors and psychological aspects that help to make cybercriminals successful. Key areas assessed include social engineering (e.g., phishing, romance scams, catfishing), online harassment (e.g., cyberbullying, trolling, revenge porn, hate crimes), identity-related crimes (e.g., identity theft, doxing), hacking (e.g., malware, cryptojacking, account hacking), and denial-of-service crimes. As a part of its contribution, the chapter introduces a summary taxonomy of cybercrimes against individuals and a case for why they will continue to occur if concerted interdisciplinary efforts are not pursued.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198812746.013.35
Uncontrolled keywords: cybercrime, cyber security, human psychology, cognitive science, social engineering, online harassment, hacking, malware, human factors
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing
Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Security Group
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Jason Nurse
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2018 20:39 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:43 UTC
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