From the Publisher:
This text provides an introduction to both technology-assisted crime, and the basics of investigating such crime, from the criminal justice perspective. This work presents clear, concise explanations for criminal justice students and professionals, who need not be technically proficient to find the material easy-to-understand and practical. The book begins by identifying and defining the most prevalent high-technology crimes -- hacking, identity theft, digital child pornography, and online financial fraud -- and exploring their history, their original methods of commission, and their current methods of commission. The emerging crimes of cyber-stalking and Internet piracy are also discussed. The book then it delineates the requisite procedural issues associated with investigating technology-assisted crime, such as tracking online suspects, drafting search warrants, and executing search warrants. Search and seizure of digital evidence is discussed in detail, and an entire chapter is devoted to the process of executing a search warrant for such evidence. In addition, the text provides a basic introduction to computer forensics, explores legal issues in the admission of digital evidence, and then examines the future of high-technology crime, including legal responses.