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

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  1. BKNTCRMD.RVW 20041016

    "Net Crimes and Misdemeanors", J. A. Hitchcock, 2002, 0-910965-57-9,
    %A J. A. Hitchcock
    %C 143 Old Marlin Pike, Medford, NJ 08055
    %D 2002
    %G 0-910965-57-9
    %I Information Today Inc.
    %O U$24.95/C$37.95 609-654-6266
    %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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