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In this module you’ll study the various components of cybercrime, a complex phenomenon which affects individuals, societies and nations.

This module will give you a broad understanding of the cybercrime environment by combining economic, technical, political, legal and psychological angles of cybercrime. You’ll consider the evolution and current forms of cybercrime as well as the context of crimes, the motivations of actors, and the technical mechanisms and tools that are used. Additionally, you’ll explore the challenges that these phenomena pose and the capabilities and limitations of law enforcement and investigations. You’ll develop an understanding of the cybercrime environment through real-world examples and case studies.

Topics covered:

  • The evolution and trends of cybercrime as a model and a service
  • The manifestation and measurement of cybercrime
  • The psychology of cybercrime: profiling criminals and explaining cybercrime
  • The methodologies, principles and tools of digital forensics
  • Cyber terrorism and cyberwar
  • Legal measures and principles of law

Learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, you will be expected to be able to:

  • identify and evaluate trends in cybercrime by studying surveys, government reports, worldwide synopsis and cost ratios
  • examine the motivation and methodologies of attackers including individuals, hacking groups and state-sponsored actors
  • understand aspects of applying civil and criminal law in cybercrime and the laws recommended in the international cybercrime convention
  • assess the various mechanisms used in cybercrime including denial of service, distribution of malware, phishing, spam, fraud and scams and hacking methodologies
  • describe the mechanisms used to prevent, investigate or mitigate cybercrime, along with their challenges and limitations.


  • End of module examination (100%)