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Cyber criminals on trial

Russell G. Smith, Peter Grabosky and Gregor Urbas
ISBN 0 521 84047 3
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, January 2004

Abstract

As computer-related crime becomes more important globally, both scholarly and journalistic accounts tend to focus on the ways in which the crime has been committed and how it could have been prevented. Very little has been written about what follows: the capture, possible extradition, prosecution, sentencing and incarceration of the cyber criminal. This book provides the first international study of the manner in which cyber criminals have been dealt with by the judicial process, and anticipates how prosecutors will try to bring criminals to the courts in future. It is a sequel to 'Electronic theft: unlawful acquisition in cyberspace', by Grabosky, Smith and Dempsey (Cambridge University Press, 2001). The book identifies the most significant cyber crime cases from around the world over the last thirty years, and analyses these to discern trends in the disposition of cases, as well as common factors and problems that emerged during the processes of prosecution, trial and sentencing. It aims to assist those who seek to understand how the difficult task of convicting cyber criminals can be achieved in a borderless world.

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