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Conference on the Human Factor in Cybercrime

The focus of this conference will be on scientific research regarding human factors in cybercrime. Scholars, researchers and practitioners from all disciplines are invited to propose papers in the format detailed below. All substantive thematic areas of human factors in cybercrime will be considered, including: different types of cybercrime (trespass, fraud, pornography, child sexual exploitation, cyberviolence, etcetera), causes of cybercrime, the impact of victimization, regulations and enforcement, etcetera. We welcome submissions from various disciplines, using a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Participating in the conference will offer an opportunity to present cutting-edge research, introduce new projects and thought-provoking initiatives. 

Conference papers are now published! 

See the edited volume Cybercrime in Context: The human factor in victimization, offending, and policing edited by Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg and Rutger Leukfeldt. Link:

See the Social Science Computer Review special issue The Human Factor of Cybercrime edited by Benoît Dupont and Thomas Holt. Link:

Call for abstracts

ll participants are required to submit an abstract and full paper. We aim to publish the papers in a special issue of the European Journal of Criminology or other suitable journal. Please refer to the website of the European Journal of Criminology for author guidelines.

Deadline abstract: May 31, 2019
Deadline full paper: October 1, 2019

Abstracts and personal details (name, affiliation, and email) should be submitted to the Academic Committee through the abstract submission form. The comprehensive abstracts of 300-500 words should be structured with the following sub-headings: 

  • Background and purpose of the research 
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Conclusion/discussion 
  • 5-6 keywords

As all presented papers have to be submitted as full papers by October 1st, the presentations should be about completed research. Participants who present a paper will also be able to discuss their ongoing research during several roundtable discussions and pitch panels that will be organized during the conference. In addition to these paper presentations and panels, the conference will also include keynotes and a social program. Details will be announced later.

For questions, please contact the organizing committee


Preliminary program 2nd annual conference on the human factor in cybercrime

Wednesday 16 October 2019
Morning:     Arrival participants
12:30 – 13:00    Pre-conference coffee and thee
13:00 – 13:10    Opening conference
13:10 – 14:00    Keynote
14:00 – 15:20    Session 1: Attackers I   
15:20 – 15:40    Break (Coffee/thee)   
15:40 – 17:00    Session 2: Victims I
Evening:    Social activity: drinks in the city center of Leiden around 8 pm

Thursday 17 October 2019
08:30 – 09:00    Pre-conference coffee and thee
09:00 – 10:20    Session 3: Dark web
10:20 – 10:40    Break (Coffee/thee)
10:40 – 12:00    Session 4: Victims II
12:00 – 12:30    Pitch session

12:30 – 14:00    Lunch at the castle

14:00 – 15:20    Session 5: Policing I
15:20 – 16:40    Session 6: Attackers II
16:40 – 17:00    Break (Coffee/thee/soda) (energybreak)
17:00 – 18:00    Round table: Understanding cyber offenders: developing our evidence base
Evening:    Social activity: diner at the castle

Friday 18 October 2019
08:30 – 09:00    Pre-conference coffee and thee
09:00 – 10:20    Session 7: Attackers III
10:20 – 10:40    Break (Coffee/thee)
10:40 – 12:00    Session 8: Victims III
12:00 – 13:00    Session 9: Policing II
13:00 – 14:30    Lunch at the castle
Afternoon:    Social activity: canal trip Amsterdam

Overview of sessions (only the names of first authors are included)

Wednesday 16 October 2019
13:10 – 14:00    Keynote (TBA)
14:00 – 15:20    Session 1: Attackers I   

  • Dr. Francis Fortin -- Hacktivists and values: the example of the Quebec cell of Anonymous in the springtime protest (printemps érable).
  • Andreanne Bergeron -- Classification of sexual cyber-delinquency type: Persistency and specialization status of their career
  • Dr. Erin Harbinson -- Gender Similarities (and Some Differences) Among Cybercrime Offenders Under Federal Supervision in the United States
  • Dr. David Maimon -- Asymmetric Cyber Defense: An Evidence-Based Approach for Improving Detection and Mitigation of System-Trespassing Events

15:40 – 17:00 Session 2: Victims I

  • Dr. Richard Frank -- No Gambles with Information Security: The Neuropsychology of a Ransomware Attack
  • Laura Blakeborough -- Developing Understanding of Victims of Fraud and Cyber Crime: Results from a Victimisation Survey in England and Wales
  • Dr. Mark Button -- The Impact of Cyber Crime: The Victims Perspectives
  • Dr. Sophie van der Zee -- The cyber security paradox: An examination of the predictive real-world validity of the Human Aspects of Information Security Questionnaire (HAIS-Q)

Thursday 17 October 2019
09:00 – 10:20 Session 3: Dark web I

  • Dr. David Décary-Hétu -- Conflicts and Violence Experiences of Online Drug Dealers
  • Dr. Benoît Dupont -- The role of distrust in illicit trust networks: the dispute resolution strategies of hackers
  • Yi Ting Chua -- Exploring the Role of Gender in Online Cybercrime Subcultures
  • Madeleine van der Bruggen -- Child pornography communities on the Darkweb: How organized are they?

10:40 – 12:00 Session 4: Victims II

  • Dr. Cassandra Cross -- Exploring justice for victims of cyber fraud
  • Dr. James F. Popham -- Situating the effects of cybercrime victimization within the scope public safety: An exploratory study
  • Mr. Guerrino Mazzarolo -- The risk of an employee’s cyber misconduct on a Social Media Site: A potential threat factor for your organizations brand reputation and business endurance.
  • Asier Moneva -- Hunter or prey? Exploring the situational profiles that define online harassment repeat victims and offenders

12:00 – 12:30  Pitch session I

14:00 – 15:20  Session 5: Policing I

  • Ben Collier -- Allergic to Onions? Exploring the role of online infrastructure in crime, criminalisation and harm through the Tor Project
  • Dr. Maria Grazia Porcedda -- Prosecuting Data Crime: The courts, data crime and the cascade effect
  • Dr. Felix Eboibi -- Law and Human Perspectives to Cybercrime Perpetration in Africa
  • Dr. André van der Laan -- Text mining for cyber- and digitized crime in police registrations

15:20 – 16:40  Session 6: Attackers II

  • Ass. iur. Nicole Selzer -- Saint or Satan? Moral Development and Dark Triad Influences on Cyber-Criminal Intent.
  • Dr. Thomas Holt -- Analysis of Cyberattack Patterns across Longitudinal Data
  • Dr. Semire Yekta -- The Social Construction of Online Fraud
  • Dr. George Burruss -- Determining the Motivation of Cyber Vandals: A Content Analysis of Website Defacements

17:00 – 18:00 Round table

  • Samantha Dowling -- Roundtable submission: "Understanding cyber offenders: developing our evidence base"

Friday 18 October 2019

09:00 – 10:20 Session 7: Attackers III

  • Dr. David Wall --The Changing Division of Criminal Labour within the Modern Cybercrime Ecosystem
  • Renushka Madarie -- Predicting the popularity of online account credentials advertisements
  • Floor Jansen -- Young cyber offender pathways

10:40 – 12:00 Session 8: Victims III

  • Cameron Coutu  -- The Prevention of Financial Cybercrimes: What Do Clients Think?
  • Dr. Susanne van 't Hoff-de Goede -- Cyber awareness versus actual online behaviour: a population based survey experiment
  • Dr. Johan van Wilsem -- Show me the money! Identy fraud financial losses and victims' efforts for reimbursement
  • Dr.  Jan-Willem Bullee -- The success of email phishing

12:00 – 13:00 Session 9: Policing II

  • Thomas Holt -- Organizational Guardians: OEM and Supplier Responses to Emerging Vehicle Cybersecurity Threats
  • Dr. Steve van de Weijer -- Crime reporting behavior of victims of cybercrime: an experimental vignette study
  • Dr. Wytske Van der Wagen --Cyber offenders: unique profile, unique response?
  • Dr. Tamar Berenblum -- Ransomware: legal and practical regulatory aspects

The organizing committee

The conference is co-organized by VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and the Hague University of Applied Sciences. The international organizing committee consists of:

Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg

Dr. Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg is an assistant professor at VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research mostly focuses on cyber-dependent offenders. In her doctoral dissertation she empirically compared traditional offenders to cyber-offenders on four important domains in criminology: 1. offending over the life-course, 2. personal and situational risk factors for offending and victimization, 3. similarity in deviance in the social network, and 4. motivations related to different offense clusters. She recently started a large-scale longitudinal study into actual vs. perceived cybercriminal behaviour of offline vs. online social ties among youth. Marleen is also a research fellow of the NSCR (Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement), board member of the ESC Cybercrime Working Group, and part of the steering committee of the IIRCC (International Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Cybercrime).

Rutger Leukfeldt
Dr. Rutger Leukfeldt is senior researcher and the cybercrime cluster coordinator at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR). Furthermore, Rutger is director of the Cybersecurity & SMEs Research Center of the Hague University of Applied Sciences. Over the last decade, Rutger worked on a number of cybercrime studies for the Dutch government and private companies. Examples include studies into the modus operandi and characteristics of cybercriminals, a nation-wide cybercrime victim survey and a study into the organization of Dutch law enforcement agencies responsible for the fight against cybercrime. His PhD-thesis was about the origin and growth processes of cybercriminal networks. In 2015, Rutger received a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (EU grant for promising researchers) to study the changing organization of organized crime due to the use of Information Technology. In 2017, Rutger received a Veni grant (Dutch grant for highly promising researchers) to carry out a study into the online and offline pathways into cybercriminal networks. Rutger is currently the chair of the Cybercrime Working Group of the European Society of Criminology (ESC) and member of the International Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Cybercrime (IIRCC).

Benoit Dupont
Prof. Benoit Dupont is professor of criminology at the Université de Montréal, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity and the Research Chair for the Prevention of Cybercrime. He is also the Scientific Director of the Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC), one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE). His research interests focus on the governance of security and the use of networked initiatives to enhance offline and online safety, as well as the coevolution of crime and technology, and in particular the social organization of the hacking ecosystem, as well as the evaluation of effective and efficient cybercrime prevention policies.

Thomas J. Holt
Prof. Thomas J. Holt is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University whose research focuses on cybercrime and cyberterrorism.  His work has been published in a range of outlets, including British Journal of Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, and the Journal of Criminal Justice.  He is also the  director of the International Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Cybercrime, and a fellow in the cybercrime cluster at the NSCR.

Tamar Berenblum
Dr. Tamar Berenblum is the research director of the The Federmann Cyber Security Center – Cyber Law Program, Faculty of Law, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Tamar is a Post-Doc Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), Netherlands, Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and at The Center for Cyber Law & Policy at the Haifa University (CCLP). Tamar's research interests include victimology, sociology of knowledge, cybercrime, online social control and digital rights. Her Doctoral thesis at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel titled "The Internet as a Sphere of Social Control" examines the internet both as a sphere for social control and as a tool for such control over deviant activities. The study focuses on mapping and analyzing online social control practices and the applicability of social control theories and policies in the context of cyberspace.