Routine Activity Theory and Cybercrime: What about Offender Resources?

6 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2014 Last revised: 9 Jul 2015

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Steve Chon

ANU Cybercrime Observatory, Australian National University

Roderic Broadhurst

Australian National University (ANU); ANU Cybercrime Observatory

Date Written: January 29, 2014

Abstract

Certain widespread forms of cybercrime are believed to be prevalent due to the availability of easy to use 'pre-packaged' software programs designed and intended to be used for disingenuous purposes. Accounts of crime tools being used in cases of online fraud, computer intrusions and data theft are becoming more common. These relatively accessible tools in the bag, quintessential resources used by offenders, function as a crime catalyst making it easier for individuals to engage in crime, likely enticing new offenders and escalating risk on the Internet.

Keywords: cybercrime, online crime, criminology, routine activity theory, offender, crimeware, tool kits, malware

Suggested Citation

Chon, Steve and Broadhurst, Roderic, Routine Activity Theory and Cybercrime: What about Offender Resources? (January 29, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2379201 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2379201

Steve Chon (Contact Author)

ANU Cybercrime Observatory, Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://cybercrime.anu.edu.au

Roderic Broadhurst

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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