New book on cybercrime

Yesterday, our new book ‘Essentials in cybercrime. A criminological overview for education and practice’ became available. Wytske van der Wagen, Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg, and me, are the editors of the book and we are proud of the result. In this blog post, I’ll briefly introduce the book and explain its background.


A study book about the essentials of cybercrime was in our view necessary, in order to bring together knowledge about cybercrime in a conveniently arranged manner. That is why, in 2020, we published our (Dutch) book ‘Basisboek Cybercriminaliteit’, in which all the necessary basic knowledge about cybercrime was provided.

As some universities expressed the desire for an English version of the book, we decided to move forward with a translation. The current book is however not a literal translation. It is more internationally oriented, especially when it comes to legislation, it includes the most recent studies, and it also provides an entirely new chapter on organized cybercrime (Chapter 5). Like the Dutch version of our book, it aims to provide the essential knowledge of various facets of cybercrime.

Aim of the book and intended audience

Our book is intended for students and professionals who want to learn more about cybercrime. The book offers insight into the various manifestations and features of cybercrime, offender and victim characteristics, quantitative and qualitative methods for studying crime in the digital domain, criminological theories that can be used to understand cybercrime, and possible interventions.

In addition to criminological aspects, the book also deals with a number of legal topics, including the criminalisation of cybercrime, the detections process and the investigative powers that can be used by the police in the online domain.

The book is introductory in nature and is therefore are also suitable for those who are new to the subject of cybercrime. At the same time, the book discusses the various topics in depth and incorporates a broad range of studies and perspectives.

Contents and (co-)authors

In this book, we combine our own criminological and legal expertise in the development of cybercrime, our knowledge about cybercrime offenders and victims, and the investigation of cybercrime. We also asked experts in the fields of organised cybercrime, the victimisation of cybercrime and cybercrime interventions to complement our understanding of cybercrime and to contribute to this book.

We therefore thank our guest authors – Rik Beerthuizen, Maša Galič, Tamar Fischer, Thomas Holt, André van der Laan, Rutger Leukfeldt, Sifra Matthijsse, Take Sipma and Elina van ’t Zand – for their important contributions to this book.


Our book is published by Eleven and now available in the store of Eleven Publishing (with Chapter 1 freely available) and stores like

One year after publication, Chapter 3 about ‘Types of cybercrime and their criminalisation’ and Chapter 8 about ‘Cybercrime investigations’ will be available in open access.