Cybercrime: Legislation, Cases and Commentary
Publication Date 9 Aug 2015
OverviewCybercrime: Legislation, Cases and Commentary provides a comprehensive analysis of cybercrime both at common law and under statute in all jurisdictions of Australia. This book also provides a detailed explication of the Council of Europe's Convention on Cybercrime, the leading international instrument available today for the control of cybercrime. The content is structured around four groupings of topics. First, following an exploration of how cybercrime is defined, come the topics of unauthorised access, modification and impairment. This trio includes 'hacking', 'hacktivism' and 'cyberterrorism' and introduces terminology such as 'malware', 'botnets' and 'DDoS attacks'. Second, the discussion turns to financially motivated crimes, such as online fraud and forgery, identity crimes and criminal copyright infringement. The use of 'spam' is discussed in this context. The third grouping includes those kinds of cybercrime that most directly affect vulnerable individuals, including child pornography and child grooming, as well as cyberstalking and other forms of online harassment. This discussion includes recently emerging topics such as 'sexting' and 'revenge porn'. Finally, aspects of investigation, prosecution and sentencing of cybercrime offenders are discussed, including the role played by intermediaries, such as Internet service providers (ISPs), in 'data retention'. This book is an essential resource for practitioners and students.