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Cybercrime, Security and Digital Law Enforcement - LAWS8030
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Academic Program must be either 9200 or 9210 or 9220 or 5740 or 5750 or 9230 or 9285 or 5285 or 9214 or 5214.
Excluded: JURD7330
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


‘Cybercrime’ examines how the online world has borne new crimes and law enforcement responses, as well as investigates how the computer has become both a target of attack and a tool for criminal activity. ‘Cybercrime’ explores a number of emerging cybercrimes (cyber-stalking, hacking, and attacks to critical infrastructure), and also explores how old crimes are affected in new mediums (organised crime, electronic theft, pornography, child abuse materials, and peer-to-peer filesharing systems). How do nation-states regulate criminal activity of those persons and organizations located abroad? How is law enforcement shifting from traditional mechanisms to new regulatory regimes and technological solutions? Additional topics include cyber-terrorism, hactivism, information warfare, and digital forensics. A technical background is not essential.

LLM Specialisations

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

A candidate who has successfully completed this course should be able to:
  • Articulate the main elements of various cybercrime offences
  • Understand the unique challenges posed to law enforcement agents, policy makers and prosecutors
  • Appreciate the level of technical complexity and evolving issues in high tech crime
  • To be able to engage in debate on policy reform in the area
  • Explain and provide better instruction to a digital forensic specialist
  • Completion of an independent research essay of peer-review quality

Main Topics

  • Introduction: The nature of cybercrime
  • National and international legal and policy frameworks
  • The technologies behind cybercrime (domain name system, web-poisoning, web hi-jacking, fast-flux, rock phish, dynamic ip addresses, spam, botnets, irc, p2p, encrypted channels)
  • Electronic theft and corporate espionage
  • Malware, viruses, hacking
  • Cyber-stalking
  • Child pornography and child abuse materials
  • Criminal enforcement of intellectual property rights (Copyright and illicit p2p fileswapping)
  • Security, cyber-terrorism, and attacks to critical infrastructure
  • Digital forensics issues
  • Hands-on forensics examination (In computer lab)


Notes and Queries (2 X 10% - one page critical analysis of course readings)

Peer Review of Another Student’s Essay (20%)

Independent Research Essay ( 60%) 6000 words

Course Texts


A set of journal articles, commentaries and case law for specific topics will be provided via hyperlinks available from the course website. A few journal articles which are otherwise not available on line will be provided in a set of brief reading materials.



Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer at the beginning of the relevant semester.

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