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Guest online seminars: cyber crime

07 Sep 2022

Join us at our next online seminars on the theme of cyber crime

The life-course and offending trajectories of cybercrime offenders - 28 September 2022, 1pm - 2pm

The Centre for Digital Trust and Society is delighted to host this talk by Steve van de Weijer, Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement.

In his presentation, Steve van de Weijer will focus on the following questions and presents his research on correlates, consequences, and longitudinal patterns of cybercrime offending.

Should we consider cybercrime as a new type of crime or as ‘old wine in new bottles’?

Are existing criminological theories, and findings on the causes, correlates, and consequences of traditional crimes, generalisable to cybercrime, or do we need new theories for this new type of crime?

First, studies will be discussed in which official register data from Statistics Netherland was used to examine differences in the intellectual capabilities and the criminal behavior of family members of cybercriminals, traditional criminals, and non-offenders. Second, the results of a field experiment will be presented in which the labour market opportunities of convicted cybercrime offenders were examined. Third, research on the heterogeneity in offending patters of hackers, using millions of self-reported web defacements, will be discussed.

Would you trust a cybercriminal? - 26 October 2022, 1pm - 2pm

Cybercrime is facilitated by anonymous online environments, yet the degree of specialisation required often means there is a need to trade and collaborate with others. This poses a problem: Why trust those who are inherently untrustworthy? We'll explore issues relating to trust and anonymity as they relate to online marketplaces and forums.

Alice Hutchings is an Associate Professor in the Security Group at the Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge. She is also the Director of the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre, an interdisciplinary initiative combining expertise from computer science, criminology, and law. The Centre aims to improve the quality and quantity of cybercrime research by collecting cybercrime-related datasets and making them available for academic research through data sharing agreements. Specialising in cybercrime, Alice bridges the gap between criminology and computer science. Her research interests include understanding cybercrime offenders, cybercrime events, and the prevention and disruption of online crime. Her research has been funded by the EPSRC and ESRC, and in 2020, she was awarded an ERC Starting Grant, iCrime, to develop and evaluate cybercrime responses. iCrime consists of four major interconnected components to research cybercrime using the offender, the crime type, the place (such as online black markets), and the response as discrete units of analysis.