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Subject: LCSH

Cyber forensics, Computer crimes


Computer Engineering | Computer Sciences | Electrical and Computer Engineering | Forensic Science and Technology | Information Security


A key issue facing today’s society is the increase in cyber crimes. Cyber crimes pose threats to nations, organizations and individuals across the globe. Much of the research in cyber crime has risen from computer science-centric programs, and little experimental research has been performed on the psychology of cyber crime. This has caused a knowledge gap in the study of cyber crime. To this end, this research focuses on understanding psychological concepts related to cyber crime. Through an experimental design, participants were randomly assigned to three groups with varying degrees of anonymity. After each treatment, participants were asked to self-report their cyber crime engagement, and pre-employment integrity. Results indicated that the anonymity manipulation had a main effect on self-reported cyber crime engagement. The results also showed that there is a statistically significant negative relationship between self-reported cyber crime engagement and pre-employment integrity. Suggestions for future research are also discussed.


Dr. Baggili was appointed to the University of New Haven’s Elder Family Endowed Chair in 2015.

© 2009 International Journal of Cyber Criminology. All rights reserved. Under a creative commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 India License 550 Copyright © 2009 International Journal of Cyber Criminology (IJCC) ISSN:0974 – 2891 July - December 2009, Vol 3 (2): 550–565

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Baggili, I., & Rogers, M. (2009). Self-Reported Cyber Crime: An Analysis on the Effects of Anonymity and Pre-Employment Integrity. International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 3(2):550-565.

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