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Cybercrime and juvenile delinquency: what are the challenges?

There has been a recent increase in instances of cybercrime as hackers have begun offering cybercrime-as-a-service, selling their skills for a profit. At the same time, the hacking tools and malware available on the dark web have become more accessible, lowering the barrier to entry into cybercrime. As a result, young people are being drawn down pathways into cybercriminality.

Tackling cybercrime by better understanding its perpetrators

What are the technical and human drivers of cybercrime that impel young people, and how can we prevent, investigate and mitigate these behaviours?

The CC-DRIVER project will develop awareness and investigative tools to understand and combat cybercrime by:

  • Developing an understanding of human and technical drivers of cybercrime, with a special focus on juvenile delinquency and cybercrime-as-a-service
  • Assessing the vulnerability of young people and organisations to cybercrime
  • Producing training materials for law enforcement agencies
  • Developing a policy toolkit to support the standardisation of cybercrime legislation across countries, in order to strengthen cyber resilience in society

Ethical, social and privacy impact assessment of the cybersecurity ecosystem

Trilateral assesses the ethical, legal, and data protection risks that need to be considered in the development and deployment of CC-DRIVER’s investigation tools for Law Enforcement Agencies, and the measures needed to ensure the respect of privacy, ethical and social considerations, build trust, and avoid unwanted negative impact or risks to fundamental rights.

Enhancing Impact – Building a network for tackling cybercrime

Trilateral works on enhancing the project findings by creating a network including law enforcement agencies, policymakers, SME associations, civil society organisations, academics and the media to reach out to all relevant stakeholders’ communities. This work facilitates novel collaborations, enhances CC-DRIVER’s results and encourages the uptake of investigation, policy and vulnerability assessment toolkits.

Policy advice: Analysing cybersecurity legislation

Trilateral coordinates the CC-DRIVER project and leads the project partners in the review of the existing cybersecurity policy in the United Kingdom to develop a policy toolkit by identifying good practices, especially concerning young people and cybercriminality.

CC-DRIVER is part of the wider Horizon LEA cluster network in supporting law enforcement against organised crime and terrorism, see here for further information.

For more information and updates visit the project website and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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The CC-DRIVER project – Understanding the drivers of cybercriminality, and new methods to prevent, investigate and mitigate cybercriminal behaviour – has received grant agreement No 883543 under the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme.

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