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Cybercriminal decision-making

Photo: Ilya-Pavlov-87438

Cybercriminal decision-making

Existing theories assume that offenders make rational decisions, but these theories have rarely been tested experimentally. This project uses ‘honey accounts’, online accounts that have deliberately been rendered vulnerable to hacking, to allow an experimental investigation of cybercriminals’ behavior. The research offers unique opportunities for conducting a stringent test of existing criminology theories on offenders’ decision-making behavior. This study of offender behavior will broaden our understanding of cybercrime, as previous research has tended to focus on victims and security.
This project is funded by an NWO Research Talent 2017 grant, no. 406.17.562 for PhD candidate Renushka Madarie.

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Stijn Ruiter
Professor / Senior Researcher

Trained as a quantitative sociologist, specialised in geographic and environmental criminology, interested in understanding why crime happens where and when it does and rigorous testing of its explanations.