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Position Paper: The Amplification of Online Deviancy Through the Language of Violent Crime, War, and Aggression

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Cybercrime has long been romanticised, by the media, academics, politicians, and the computer security industry. Depictions of cybercrime use evocative language, often deeply related to violence and war. The lived reality, for victims, offenders, and defenders, is often vastly different. I argue that we should not be using terms of violence to describe cybercrimes, the vast majority of which are low level, automated, and financially driven. While the violent rhetoric may capture our imaginations, it undermines the lived realities of the victims of atrocities and provides a warped view into the world of cybercrime.

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IEEE Security and Privacy

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1540-7993
1558-4046

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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European Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) ERC (949127)
European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 949127)