Nature and magnitude of cybercrime victimization and offending in the Netherlands

Criminal justice proceedings / Suspects

Nature and magnitude of cybercrime victimization and offending in the Netherlands

(full text only available in Dutch)

Summary

Cybercrime is a serious issue in the Netherlands—estimations suggest that hun-dreds of thousands become victims of cybercriminals on a yearly basis. Hence, cybercrime is a hot topic for law enforcement and in politics. Two forms of cyber-crime are distinguished. Firstly, cyber-dependent crime, in which both modus operandi and target concern information and communication technology (ICT). Examples for this first type of cybercrime are hacking and ransomware. Secondly, cyber-enabled crime, in which the modus operandi concerns ICT, but the target does not. Examples for this second type of crime are death threats via social media and online purchase and sales fraud (e.g., via Amazon).

This report contains answers to three research questions:

  1. How is the nature of cybercrime victimization and offending conceptualized?
  2. How are cybercrime victimization and offending operationalized?
  3. What is the magnitude of cybercrime victimization and offending?

Publication data

Author(s):
Beerthuizen, M.G.C.J., Sipma, T., Laan, A.M. van der
Organization(s):
WODC
Place of publication:
The Hague
Publisher:
WODC
Year of publication:
2020
Series:
Cahiers 2020-15

Order information

Address:
Voor een electronische versie - zie: bijlagen (rechtsboven) (only available as pdf)