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Cybercrime in Context

The human factor in victimization, offending, and policing

  • Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg
  • Rutger Leukfeldt

Part of the Crime and Justice in Digital Society book series (CJDS, volume I)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg, Rutger Leukfeldt
      Pages 3-4
  3. Victims

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Guerrino Mazzarolo, Juan Carlos Fernández Casas, Anca Delia Jurcut, Nhien-An Le-Khac
      Pages 79-101
    3. Johan van Wilsem, Take Sipma, Esther Meijer-van Leijsen
      Pages 123-136
    4. Mark Button, Dean Blackbourn, Lisa Sugiura, David Shepherd, Richard Kapend, Victoria Wang
      Pages 137-156
  4. Offenders

  5. Policing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281

About this book


This book is about the human factor in cybercrime: its offenders, victims and parties involved in tackling cybercrime. It takes a diverse international perspective of the response to and prevention of cybercrime by seeking to understand not just the technological, but the human decision-making involved.

This edited volume represents the state of the art of research on the human factor in cybercrime, addressing its victims, offenders, and policing. It originated at the Second annual Conference on the Human Factor in Cybercrime, held in The Netherlands in October 2019, bringing together empirical research from a variety of disciplines, and theoretical and methodological approaches.

This volume will be of particular interest to researchers and students in cybercrime and the psychology of cybercrime, as well as policy makers and law enforcement interested in prevention and detection.

  • Interdisciplinary perspectives on the human factor in cybercrime;
  • Addresses victims, offenders, and policing of cybercrime;
  • Developed from research from the annual Human Factor in Cybercrime conference.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg
    • 1
  • Rutger Leukfeldt
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Criminal Law and CriminologyVrije Universiteit (VU) AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR)AmsterdamThe Netherlands

About the editors

Dr. Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg is an assistant professor at VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research mostly focuses on cyber-dependent offenders. In her doctoral dissertation she empirically compared traditional offenders to cyber-offenders on four important domains in criminology: 1. offending over the life-course, 2. personal and situational risk factors for offending and victimization, 3. similarity in deviance in the social network, and 4. motivations related to different offense clusters. She recently started a large-scale longitudinal study into actual vs. perceived cybercriminal behaviour of offline vs. online social ties among youth. Marleen is also a research fellow of the NSCR (Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement), board member of the ESC Cybercrime Working Group, and part of the steering committee of the IIRCC (International Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Cybercrime).

Dr. Rutger Leukfeldt is Senior Researcher and the cybercrime cluster coordinator at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and Academic Director of Centre of Expertise Cybersecurity of the Hague University of Applied Sciences. His work focusses on the human factor in cybercrime and cybersecurity. Recent examples include studies into pathways into cybercrime, organized cybercrime and risk profiles of cybercrime victims. Over de past decade, Rutger worked on various studies for public and private organizations. Furthermore, he received a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (EU grant for promising researchers) and a Veni grant (Dutch grant for highly promising researchers) to carry out a study into cybercriminal networks. Rutger is currently the chair of the Cybercrime Working Group of the European Society of Criminology (ESC).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cybercrime in Context
  • Book Subtitle The human factor in victimization, offending, and policing
  • Editors Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg
    Rutger Leukfeldt
  • Series Title Crime and Justice in Digital Society
  • Series Abbreviated Title Crime and Justice in Digital soc.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-60526-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-60529-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-60527-8
  • Series ISSN 2524-4701
  • Series E-ISSN 2524-471X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 407
  • Number of Illustrations 31 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cybercrime
    Criminology and Criminal Justice, general
    Psychology, general
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