Cybercrime, Workplace Deviance, and Criminal Justice

While many of the offenses that fall under the definition of cybercrime have come into existence through technological advances, a fair number of traditionally white-collar crimes can also be committed through the use of technology. Fraud is a crime that’s been in existence since recorded history began. With the advances of the internet and computers, fraudsters now have the ability to defraud their victims without leaving the comfort of their pajamas and couches. Distance is also no longer an issue. Defrauding someone from anywhere in the world is just as easy as sending an email.

Bullying has also taken advantage of the technology. Prior to the internet, bullying could typically be snubbed by simply removing someone from the situation. If Timmy was picking on Johnny, he could be sent to another school. This would effectively stop the offense. That’s no longer the case thanks in part to social media and messaging services. Today, if Timmy gets sent to another school, he can just post on one of Johnny’s social media accounts, send him text messages, or even post to his friend’s accounts. Cyberbullying is a very difficult thing over which to gain control.

Technology has also created other non-criminal issues. In today’s workplace, it’s becoming increasingly rare to not have some form of internet access. A lot can be done with the internet in the workplace, including the necessity of the web for the job itself. On the flipside, however, it can also be abused by employees. For example, imagine Tim is sitting at his desk with Amazon and Facebook open. He’s talking with his wife about buying a new TV and he’s browsing on Amazon. Tim’s friend messages him and start talking. Before Tim realizes it, it’s 5PM and time to go home. Tim just spent his entire day doing nothing productive relating to his actual job, and he got paid for it.


  • Brian Payne

    Good summary Ian! The Internet truly has changed the nature of crime. Your entry shows that you understand that!

    Brian Payne, PhD
    Vice Provost

    p.s. Thank you for your service!

    • Ian

      Thanks. I’m interested in seeing where it goes in the future. I feel like there is potential for cybercrime number to exceed white collar crime in the sheer number of offenses and monetary impact.

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