Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cyber Mobs: A Model for Improving Protections for Internet Users
by Lazarus, Seth A., M.S., Utica College, 2017, 79; 10271260
Abstract (Summary)

Cyber mobs have grown to have a significant impact on individuals in real space and cyber space. Law enforcement and legislators have been confronted with challenges in mitigating the intangible harms inflicted by individuals of cyber mobs. Law enforcement, in most cases, is focused on solving cybercrimes associated with tangible harms. Thus, legislators seek to better protect cyber mob victims by increasing law enforcement training and focus on cyber mob incidents, as well as to create new legislation to better cope with the harms caused by cyber mobs. Much of the current research available focuses on the social aspects of cyber mobs, and before creating changes to statutes and law enforcement training, research is necessary to craft those changes better to counter cyber mob activities. The study reviewed several different types of cyber mobs, legislative measures, and cyber policing methods to provide recommendations. The research found that cyber mobs seem to overlap in their techniques, tactics, and procedures, though the harms they cause to accomplish their goals vary. In order to protect against their actions, research suggested, overall, that the examination of current legislation to create new methods of enforcement is necessary before creating additional statutes. In parallel with using current legislation, online communities already employ methods to police themselves, and these methods offer new avenues for law enforcement to work with these communities to better assist them when issues arise. These results demonstrated that much of what is necessary to protect against cyber mobs is already available, but it must be utilized differently to improve effectiveness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gonnella, Cynthia
Commitee: George, Steven
School: Utica College
Department: Cybersecurity
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Law, Information Technology
Keywords: Cyber harassment, Cyber mobs, Cybersecurity, Law enforcement, Legislation, Professor cynthia gonnella
Publication Number: 10271260
ISBN: 978-1-369-71773-0
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