The Center for Cybercrime Studies directed by Dr. Marie-Helen (Maria) Maras, focuses on forms of crime where data, computers and networks are either the target of criminal activity or play a principal role in executing the crime.

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This webinar introduces participants to cyber-enabled human trafficking, particularly sex trafficking, the online platforms used to facilitate cyber-enabled sex trafficking, and the methods traffickers use to lure and exploit trafficking victims.

Dr. Marie-Helen (Maria) Maras is a Professor at the Department of Security, Fire, and Emergency Management and the Director of the Center for Cybercrime Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The Center for Cybercrime Studies was originally founded by Dr. Douglas Salane, who is a Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Salane served as the Director of the Center

Training and Technical Assistance Program (Clearnet and Darknet Spaces)

Description of Project

John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) are partnering to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) to criminal justice agents that covers the clearnet and darknet spaces within which criminals operate, the crimes they commit, their tactics and tools, and the ways these criminals can be identified, investigated, prosecuted, and adjudicated for their crimes.

Funding Source

U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance

Understanding the Intersection between Technology and Kidnapping: A Typology of Virtual Kidnapping

No longer limited by geographic locations and in-person interactions, criminals have leveraged information and communication technology to commit virtual kidnappings. In its simplest form, a virtual kidnapping is a cyber-enabled crime where criminals contact targets (falsely) claiming to have kidnapped a significant other, child, or other relative and threatening to cause death or serious bodily harm to the person unless a ransom is paid.

Funding Source

Faculty Scholarship grant, Office for the Advancement of Research at John Jay College