Youth Pathways into Cybercrime

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Acrobat Youth Pathways into Cybercrime
Author: Research leads: Professor Mary Aiken, Professor Julia Davidson & Dr Philipp Amann
Source: http://www.mdx.ac.uk/
Overview: Many security and police professionals spend their time analysing the technical and mechanical aspects of cybercrime, dissecting malware and exploit tools, forensically analysing code and techniques. However, few actively focus on the social and psychological aspects: who for example is the attacker, what motivates them, and more importantly how and when did this deviant behaviour begin? Understanding the behavioural and developmental aspects of cybercriminality is becoming increasingly important, and underlies the necessity of a shift in focus from sanctions to deterrence and prevention. That being said, there is an urgent need to understand the pathways that lead some young people into cybercrime hence it is important for parents to be aware of their own youth’s online activity and risk. Read More