Cybercrime and Cybersecurity in the Global South by N. Kshetri

By N. Kshetri

Integrating theories from a variety of disciplines, Nir Kshetri compares the styles, features and tactics of cybercrime actions in significant areas and economies within the worldwide South resembling China, India, the previous moment international economies, Latin the USA and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and heart East and North Africa.

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In this book we mainly focus on predatory cybercrimes. , 1978) and cybercrime (Kshetri, 2009a), we define a predatory cybercrime as a crime in which an offender inflicts harm or takes property from a victim by using computers or computer networks as the principal means. 2. Motivations associated with cybercrimes The first issue is to examine the associated motivations of cybercrimes. Curiously, there is a higher prevalence of extrinsically motivated 22 Cybercrime and Cybersecurity in the Global South cybercrimes that are committed for external rewards or financial benefits.

A typology would also have significant implications for consumers, businesses and governments in taking precautionary and defensive measures. For instance, cybercrimes associated with political and economic espionage can result in dramatically different responses and outcomes. The typology can also be used to explain the shifts in the cybercrime landscape. Furthermore, a typology would help adopt a unified strategy to fight cybercrimes. In addition, such a typology would also provide a useful basis for further research on cybercrimes.

For instance, users purchase smartphones and other devices without inquiring about the security features (Toubba, 2011). Security issues receive no or low priority for providers of mobile solutions and handset manufacturer partly because of the fact that attention-catching factors seem to be more important than security-related features for consumers. Businesses have paid poor attention to cybersecurity. According to a 2011 survey sponsored by Symantec and the National Cyber Security Alliance and conducted by Zogby International, 77 per cent of US small businesses lacked formal written cybersecurity policy for employees and 49 per cent lacked even an informal policy.

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