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REVIEW: "Net Crimes and Misdemeanors", J. A. Hitchcock

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    BKNTCRMD.RVW 20041016 Net Crimes and Misdemeanors , J. A. Hitchcock, 2002, 0-910965-57-9, U$24.95/C$37.95 %A J. A. Hitchcock %C 143 Old Marlin Pike,
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      "Net Crimes and Misdemeanors", J. A. Hitchcock, 2002, 0-910965-57-9,
      U$24.95/C$37.95
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      %P 359 p.
      %T "Net Crimes and Misdemeanors"

      This book is not about net crimes in general, but about cyberstalking
      and online harassment.

      Chapter one details Hitchcock's own experience with cyberstalking and
      harassment, an extremely unpleasant case of deliberate personal attack
      by fraudsters she had exposed. Three other cases are briefly
      described in chapter two, along with some basic advice on header
      analysis. Spam is delineated, and some helpful sites for dealing with
      it are listed, in chapter three (which also contains the usual, not
      terribly useful, suggestions for keeping your address off the net).
      Chapter four lists some urban legends and chain letters, which are
      hardly criminal material.

      Chapter five lists various types of online scams, but really only
      addresses credit card theft. The utility of the advice varies: the
      book suggests that you only deal with vendors with a professional
      looking website (hardly a guarantee of virtue), but also gives fairly
      detailed descriptions of indicators for a secure HTTP (HyperText
      Transfer Protocol) session. Online auction fraud is covered in
      chapter six, from the perspective of both buyer and seller. The story
      of adoption fraud, in chapter seven, is particularly distressing.
      Chapter eight give some account of identity theft, but the initial
      "case" is more related to harassment, and the material never really
      looks at more usual identity theft situations. More cases of
      cyberstalking are listed in chapter nine, with not as much helpful
      content. Chapter ten discusses trolls, flames--and more harassment.

      Chapter eleven examines chat and harassment. Other means of
      harassment are discussed in chapter twelve. Child exploitation is
      reviewed in chapter thirteen. Chapter fourteen looks at various
      issues in the workplace. Statements from various law enforcement
      personnel are given in chapter fifteen--along with an odd mention of
      the Sam Spade program. Harassment at universities is covered in
      chapter sixteen. There is a terse mention of the PGP program in
      seventeen. Chapter eighteen describes viruses and firewalls, but not
      very well. Tips on investigating harassment are in chapter nineteen.

      The book does provide some helpful resources on certain topics. It
      could have provided more, if it didn't keep returning to the same
      topic over and over again.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2004 BKNTCRMD.RVW 20041016


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