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A general theory of crime and computer crime: An empirical test

Byongook Moon, John D. McCluskey and Cynthia Perez McCluskey

Journal of Criminal Justice, 2010, vol. 38, issue 4, 767-772

Abstract: Computer crime has become a global issue and continues to rapidly grow; however, few studies had examined the applicability of a general theory of crime in explaining computer deviance. Using a panel of 2,751 Korean youths, the current study examined whether low self-control theory can be useful as a theoretical framework for explaining computer crime. The results indicated the applicability of low self-control theory in explaining both illegal download of software and illegal use of others' personal identification online. Consistent with the theory's prediction, opportunity variables, especially hours of computer use, were found to be significant predictors of computer crime. The shortcomings of the current research and the directions for future research were discussed.

Date: 2010
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