Financial crime in the twenty-first century: the rise of the virtual collar criminal

REID, Alan (2018). Financial crime in the twenty-first century: the rise of the virtual collar criminal. In: RYDER, Nic, (ed.) White collar crime and risk: Financial crime, corruption and the financial crisis. Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society . London, Palgrave Macmillan, 231-251.

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This chapter introduces the phenomenon of virtual collar crime, that is quintessentially white collar crimes that are perpetrated entirely in cyberspace. Trust, trust dependency, high skill base criminals and opportunity zones were, and are, the hallmarks of white collar crime. The emerging paradigm of virtual collar crimes negates the requirement that perpetrators be highly skilled. Computer sagacity is no longer the sine qua non for cybercriminals - the phenomenon of 'Crime as a Service' has outsourced the skill requirement to third party providers of the required technological knowhow. Alongside the cascading down of such technical knowledge, twenty-first century society has driven headlong down the information superhighway, with hardly any area of human activity left unexposed to the effects of the ether. This perfect storm of increased virtuality and democratisation of online crime poses immense challenges to the entire twenty-first century society substratum, risking the future ability and desire of humans to interact with each other, have mutual trust and respect for one another and to have faith in established governmental institutions, commercial corporations and law enforcement. Legal systems must ensure that lives lived virtually are only exposed to an acceptable level of risk.

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Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Law and Criminology
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Page Range: 231-251
Depositing User: Alan Reid
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2018 15:43
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 02:57

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