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Cybercrime is a broad term for a range of cyber-dependent and/or cyber-enabled crimes. It encompasses everything from the stealing of personal information to ransomware, to hacking and denial-of-service attacks to cyberterrorism. Investigations of cybercrime often involve a combination of first responders, including national and local law enforcement, private sector and public-private partnerships (PPPs), cybersecurity experts, and military police officers. It is important for investigators to understand who these first responders are and their role in a cybercrime investigation.

The technology of cybercrime is constantly evolving, with new ‘off the shelf’ tools allowing less technical criminals to commit more sophisticated cyberattacks. However, while we may be tempted to see cybercriminals as technologically innovative, it is also important not to overlook the fact that they are fundamentally human. They are still looking for ways to make money and they will continue to do so as long as there are people willing to buy what they have to sell.

As a result, cybercriminals have developed a number of business structures that look quite similar to those used in the real world. Whether it is the creator of malware selling its code on the dark web, illegal online pharmaceutical dealers using cryptocurrency brokers to hold virtual funds in escrow or state threat actors relying on technology subcontractors to carry out cyberattacks, the criminal underground has become very specialized and many criminals work together to carry out their attacks.

While some governments have been able to pass laws and force law enforcement agencies to develop a better understanding of this new form of crime, the problem is too large for a few countries to deal with. As a result, international organizations and political coalitions have helped push many nations to create or revise laws that address the issue of cybercrime.