October 8, 2015
While thinking about a specialism to write about, I decided quite early that it had to be a subject I had some knowledge of, or felt passionate about. It was also important to me to feel that my writing would educate and inform others and make some sort of contribution to the subject.
I have a great love of literature in particular crime fiction. Anything from a medieval who-dun-it to a Nordic noir gruesome serial killer. I also enjoy this genre in films and television, so this seemed like a good place to start. Of course real crime is not so easily solved as those within a 400-page book or a six-part series, where justice is served and the hero wins the day. Real crime is messy and hurtful with victims affected by the wrongdoing of others. Cyber-crime is equally as damaging.
It is a misnomer that cyber-crime is a victimless crime. Perpetrators of those offences may try to convince themselves of that, after all, nobody got hurt and all that. But we are all affected, directly and indirectly by cyber-crime. To use an analogy, if I was walking down the street and somebody took my handbag off me without my consent, that is theft. If there was a policeman nearby, the thief would be arrested and my possessions returned to me. Not so easily achieved when the thief is hiding behind layers of encryption and may even be in a different country.
We all pay for cyber-crime. When our government departments such as pensions and benefits are hacked, it is our taxes that will make up the loss. When utility companies and online shops are hacked, it is us who will make up the loss by paying more for goods and services.