Information Security and Cybercrime

LAW AND THE INTERNET, 3rd Ed., L. Edwards, C. Waelde, eds., Oxford: Hart, 2009

20 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2009 Last revised: 28 Feb 2014

Ian Brown

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Lilian Edwards

University of Strathclyde Law School

Christopher Marsden

University of Sussex Law School

Date Written: June 30, 2009

Abstract

Information systems are increasingly important to the efficient operation of government, corporations and society in general. With that importance has come an increasing risk of information security breaches, compounded by systems’ networked nature. That makes effective information security a public policy issue of far broader impact than technical information technology policy. This chapter examines the tools used by cybercriminals to breach information system security; the impact of cybercrime; and the legal responses of the UK, European Union and Council of Europe.

Keywords: data breaches, privacy, security, denial of service, botnets, malware, Computer Misuse Act, Cybercrime Convention

JEL Classification: K14, L86, O38

Suggested Citation

Brown, Ian and Edwards, Lilian and Marsden, Christopher, Information Security and Cybercrime (June 30, 2009). LAW AND THE INTERNET, 3rd Ed., L. Edwards, C. Waelde, eds., Oxford: Hart, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1427776

Ian Brown (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford, OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

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Lilian Edwards

University of Strathclyde Law School ( email )

16 Richmond Street
Glasgow 1XQ, Scotland
United Kingdom

Christopher T. Marsden

University of Sussex Law School ( email )

Falmer
Brighton BN1 9QN
United Kingdom

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