This book takes a comprehensive view of cybercrime, offering information on the broad array of topics related to these crimes and their investigation. It is perfect for a wide audience of investigators, professionals and any others with an interest in cybercrime investigation, as well as for use as a coursebook.

Each chapter covers a different area, as indicated below. On this website we will provide additional resources for selected chapters.

Cybercrime Investigations: A Comprehensive Resource for Everyone, by John Bandler and Antonia Merzon

  • About the Authors
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part I: Understanding Cybercrime, Computers, and Cybersecurity
  • Chapter 1 The Need for Good Cybercrime Investigators (Introduction)
  • Chapter 2 What is Cybercrime and Why is it Committed
  • Chapter 3 Introduction to Computers, Networks, and Forensics
  • Chapter 4 Introduction to Information Security and Cybersecurity
  • Part II: Law for the Cybercrime Investigator
  • Chapter 5 Fundamental Principles of Criminal and Civil Law
  • Chapter 6 Cybercrime Defined: The Criminal Statutes Outlawing Criminal Conduct Online
  • Chapter 7 The Law Enforcement Legal Toolbox for Investigating Cybercrime (Gathering Cyber Evidence)
  • Chapter 8 Cyber Investigations Linked to Nation-States or Terrorists
  • Chapter 9 Civil and Regulatory Legal Implications of Cybercrime (Civil & Regulatory Cyberlaw)
  • Part III: The Cybercrime Investigation
  • Chapter 10 Embarking on a Cybercrime Investigation: The Three Perspectives and Key Areas of Focus
  • Chapter 11 General Investigation Methods: Organization, Open Source, Records, and Email
  • Chapter 12 The Private Entity's Cybercrime Investigation
  • Chapter 13 Law Enforcement’s Cybercrime Investigation
  • Chapter 14 The Regulator’s Investigation
  • Chapter 15 Financial Investigation: Following the Cybercrime Money
  • Chapter 16 Identification of the Suspect: Attributing Cyber Conduct to a Person
  • Chapter 17 Apprehending the Suspect and the Investigation that Follows
  • Part IV: Litigation  Cybercrime Investigations in Court  
  • Chapter 18 Criminal litigation
  • Chapter 19 Civil Litigation
  • Chapter 20 Conclusion

Throughout the book are vignettes on a host of interesting topics, including the thread case of People of the State of New York v. Western Express International, Inc., et al. We worked on this cybercrime investigation and prosecution for eight years, from the report of the first criminal incident through the defendants' conviction after trial, and it led us across the United States and around the globe.

The book also contains interesting and informative tables, figures, and diagrams. Some of the diagrams feature original art in the cartoon characters, see our acknowledgment page for more details.