A Reference Handbook

by Bernadette H. Schell and Clemens Martin


How can a person's identity be stolen? What exactly is a "hacker"? How much damage can a 17 year old really do with a personal computer? This handbook addresses the major questions surrounding this highly controversial topic, and explores the reality of this intriguing world that sometimes seems like science fiction.

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October 2004


Pages 247
Volumes 1
Size 6x9
Topics Crime/General
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Cybercrime: A Reference Handbook documents the history of computer hacking from free long distance phone calls to virtual espionage to worries of a supposed "cyber apocalypse," and provides accessible information everyone should know.

An issue so new and evolving so quickly, there are few sources from which readers can get the information they need to inform themselves about and protect themselves from cybercrime. Written by experts in the field, this reference work contains original essays, descriptions of technical aspects, and numerous contributions from over 100 sources.

Cybercrime uses fascinating case studies to analyze the beginning of cybercrime and the path it has followed to the present day. With biographical sketches of many influential hackers, the reader will better understand the development of the cybercriminal, and how many of these individuals went on to create some of the computer industry's most useful software. From cyberstalking to viruses, scholars and students alike will find the answers they need to understand these issues.


  • A comprehensive chronology recounting the last four decades of cybercrime, including the implementation and development of legislation and technical attempts to stop further criminal activity
  • An extensive glossary covering criminal, technical, and slang terminology


  • Extensive coverage of the various types of cybercrime such as copyright infringement, cyberterrorism, and vandalism caused by worms and viruses
  • Thorough analysis and evaluation of current legislation on cybercrime
  • A detailed look into the theories and fears surrounding a potential cyber apocalypse, including technical solutions and preventive measures
Series Description

Contemporary World Issues

This award-winning series offers comprehensive, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to health, education, the environment, and social and ethical issues.

24-hour cable news. Millions of Internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources?

A world of questions demands a library of answers. Contemporary World Issues covers the controversial topics that students, readers, and citizens want to read about, write about, and know more about.


  • Subject coverage spans six main categories:
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environment
  • Gender and Ethnicity
  • Politics, Law, and Government
  • Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Society
  • Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
  • A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
  • A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
  • A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
  • Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that supports statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
  • A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
  • Annotated lists of print, Web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
  • Profiles of key players and organizations
  • A glossary of key terms
Author Info

Bernadette H. Schell, PhD, is dean of the faculty of business and information technology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Her published works include The Hacking of America: Who's Doing It, Why, and How.

Clemens Martin, PhD, is director of Information Technology Programs in the faculty of business and IT at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.



"Shell and Martin cover everything from the history and types of cybercrime to biographical sketches, legal cases, and additional resources . . . An excellent source for all levels. Summing up: Highly recommended. All collections."Choice

"This is a most useful starting point for high school and lower-division undergraduate students."American Reference Books Annual

"This text would serve nicely as a backbone or primary resource for an undergraduate course on cyberspace and law . . . Similarly, it would be a nice supplementary reference to graduate or law school courses. Professors and students who read this text will be well situated for academic and other discussions of what is currently understood as cybercrime."The Law and Politics Book Review

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