How might Crime-Scripts be used to Support the Understanding and Policing of Cloud Crime?

Steven Warren, Gavin Oxburgh, Pam Briggs, David Wall

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Crime scripts are becoming an increasingly popular method for understanding crime by turning a crime from a static event into a process, whereby every phase of the crime is scripted. It is based on the work relating to cognitive scripts and rational-choice theory. With the exponential growth of cyber-crime, and more specifically cloud-crime, policing/law enforcement agencies are struggling with the amount of reported cyber-crime. This paper argues that crime scripts are the most effective way forward in terms of helping understand the behaviour of the criminal during the crime itself. They act as a common language between different stakeholders, focusing attention and resources on the key phases of a crime. More importantly, they shine a light on the psychological element of a crime over the more technical cyber-related elements. The paper concludes with an example of what a cloud-crime script might look like, asking future research to better understand: (i) cloud criminal fantasy development; (ii) the online cultures around cloud crime; (iii) how the idea of digital-drift affects crime scripts, and; (iv) to improve on the work by Ekblom and Gill in improving crime scripts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of Information Security, Privacy and Trust
Subtitle of host publication5th International Conference, HAS 2017, Held as Part of HCI International 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 9-14, 2017, Proceedings
EditorsTheo Tryfonas
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783319584591
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2017
EventHCI International 2017 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 13 Jul 2017 → …

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


ConferenceHCI International 2017
Period13/07/17 → …
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