Cyber-Extortion: The Elephant in the Server Room

30 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2007

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Adam J. Sulkowski

Babson College

Timothy Shea

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth - Charlton College of Business

Date Written: May 2007

Abstract

This article has three goals. First, the authors review the available data on the phenomenon of cyber-extortion - the practice of demanding money in exchange for not carrying out threats to commit harm that would involve a victim's information systems. Second, the authors investigate why attorneys are apparently the last to know when their business clients are the victims of cyber-crimes. Third, the authors offer proactive steps that attorneys may take to prevent or mitigate the harm that their clients could otherwise experience at the hands of cyber-criminals.

This article has a companion piece - Cyber-Extortion: The Duties and Liabilities Related to the Elephant in the Server Room - that comprehensively analyzes the legal frameworks related to cyber-extortion. That article is also available here at www.ssrn.com

Keywords: cyber-extortion, cybercrime, cyber, crime, liability, duties, business, cyber-security, prevention

Suggested Citation

Sulkowski, Adam J. and Shea, Timothy, Cyber-Extortion: The Elephant in the Server Room (May 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=955969 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.955969

Adam J. Sulkowski (Contact Author)

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Timothy Shea

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth - Charlton College of Business ( email )

285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
United States

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