Towards a Conceptualisation of Cloud (Cyber) Crime

11 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2017

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David S. Wall

University of Leeds, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies

Date Written: July 17, 2017


The term ‘Cloud’ is somewhat a misnomer that diverts attention from the level of conceptual clarification that is needed to understand the implications of cloud technologies upon criminal behavior, crime analysis and also law enforcement. Cloud technologies have increased computing power and storage capacity whilst reducing the cost of computing; all qualities that have not been lost on criminals who have been using them to commit DDoS attacks, Data theft, mass spam attacks and other mass cyber-dependent crimes. This paper offers a framework for conceptualising cybercrimes in the cloud (cloud crimes) and for understanding how they drive offenders and affect victims. It also outlines the key challenges for law enforcement.

Keywords: Cybercrime, Cloud Crime, Policing Cybercrime in the Cloud, DDoS, Data Theft, Mass Spam attacks

JEL Classification: K19, Z19

Suggested Citation

Wall, David S., Towards a Conceptualisation of Cloud (Cyber) Crime (July 17, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

David S. Wall (Contact Author)

University of Leeds, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies ( email )

School of Law, Liberty Building
University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT
United Kingdom
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