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Mr Joerg Preuss MPhil

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Brief biographical information

Profiling methods for computer crime and abuse

Statistics from recent years have illustrated a dramatic rise in the incidence of cybercrimes, such as hacking, malware, and system abuse. For example, figures from Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) in 2001 identified 79283 related incidents in Germany, compared to only 45359 in 1999. Similarly, CERT shows that there were over 80,000 incidents in 2002, an increase of over 30,000 compared to the previous year. These incidents are occurring in spite of advances in network security technologies, suggesting that a technological approach alone is not a sufficient basis for tackling the problem. To more effectively combat cybercrimes it is necessary to understand the reasons/motivations for incidents, and the methods by which they are perpetrated, and then use this as a means of informing investigation and detection activities. This project focuses upon methods of profiling computer-based attackers and their methods of attack, from both psychological and technical perspectives.

Mr Joerg Preuss

Director of studies: Prof Steven M Furnell
Other supervisors: Dr Maria Papadaki, Prof Susan Lea

Journal papers

Considering the potential of criminal profiling to combat hacking
Preuss J, Furnell SM, Papadaki M
Journal in Computer Virology, vol. 3, no. 2 pp135-141, 2007
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1 Journal papers

Conference papers

The Adoption of Criminal
Profiling for Computer Crime

Preuss J, Furnell SM, Lea S
EICAR 2004 Conference CD-rom: Best Paper Proceedings, 2004
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1 Conference papers

2 publication(s) - all categories.