Understanding 21 st century cybercrime for the 'common' victim: Frances P Bernat and Nicholas Godlove argue that it is time to extend the principle of universal jurisdiction to the typical types of cyber-offences

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Criminal Justice Matters


The innovation and ubiquity of computer connective technology has opened a terra nova for illegal activity. People can socialise, game, bank, and manipulate cameras and locks from any location with internet access. In the United States, youth have 'hyper-interconnectivity' - they are always connected to the internet for information and social contact (Netburn, 2012). Hyper-interconnectivity connects the younger generation in a worldwide social network: in 2009, about one fourth of the world's population had access to the internet (Lu et al., 2010) and social networking has made worldwide inroads. The new found connectivity allows for the commission of old crimes in new soil: the internet. What this means is that victims are now geographically untied to their victimisers: fraud, theft, or threatening communications have no geographical tether between offender and victim. Notwithstanding its disparate forms, victimisation is commonly called cybercrime. © 2012 Copyright Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

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