Research and analysis
The nature of online offending
This report describes the profile of online offenders and the nature of their offending.
Ref: ISBN 978-1-78246-907-0, Home Office Research Report 82 PDF, 306KB, 26 pages
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This report is based on an analysis of case files held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) involving offences prosecuted and convicted under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, the Fraud Act 2006, s.127 of the Communications Act 2003, and the Malicious Communications Act 1998. The findings outline the relationship between the victim and offender, technical skills, motivations, and opportunities of the offender, and potential preventative steps that could be taken to reduce vulnerability to victimisation.