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The landscape of cybercrime in Greece

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Purpose ‐ Cybercrime is a serious threat for most modern societies as it hinders the necessary adoption of information and communication technologies (ICT). This paper seeks to analyze a large number of real cases related to the cybercrime in Greece. Design/methodology/approach ‐ All cases were voluntarily submitted from Greek users, who asked for assistance to a special task force, composed of public sector employees and servants. By analyzing more than 1,000 similar cases, the paper derives a taxonomy of security-related incidents that the Greek users encountered during the past years. Greece only recently embraced broadband technologies and, therefore, this paper is able to observe the corresponding increase of cybercriminal activities. Findings ‐ An analysis of the reports received by the task force indicate a clear shift in the type of reported content. A large number of recent reports from Greek users concern financial fraud schemes and phenomena of cyberbullying and cyber-extortions, activities related primarily to the newly emerged social networking sites. Originality/value ‐ The paper offers insights into cybercrime in Greece via real case studies.
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Keywords: Broadband networks; Bullying; Computer crime; Fraud; Greece; Social networking sites

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 07 June 2011

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