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Cybercrime and Cybersecurity


Course Description

More than ever cybercrime and cybersecurity are high on the agenda of the public and private sector. Because of society’s increased dependence on ICTs, both in critical infrastructures and more in general, cybersecurity, cybercrime and cyberthreats of various kinds are at the forefront of academic and policy debate. This course will focus on these developments in light of the rule of law and addresses fundamental issues of legitimacy and transparency that are at stake when it comes to protecting cybersecurity and combating cybercrime. Furthermore, the course analyses the consequences of these developments for citizens, in terms of fundamental rights and civil liberties. Amongst others, the trade-off between privacy and security will be discussed.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Cybercrime ecosystems and infrastructures

  • Cybercrime methods (hacking, ddos)

  • Substantive criminal law on cybercrime (hacking, ddos, malware distribution etc.)

  • Law of criminal procedure (special investigative methods e.g. offensive hacking)

  • Legal aspects of digital forensics

Special attention will be devoted to those issues that complicate the investigation of cybercrime (jurisdiction, anonymisation and encryption).

Course Requirement

Master Degree


The timetable of this course will be available for students in Brightspace


More information on this course is offered in Brightspace


Attendance of 80% of the scheduled course lectures is mandatory

Assessment Method

Exam / Take home exam 100%

Contact infomation

Programme Coordinator
Ms Patricia Garcia Fernandez
Telephone number: 0031- 71 527 4228

This course has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the fluctuating changes in lock down regulations all information contained within this course description are subject to change up to 1 September 2021.
Due to the uncertainty of the Covid 19 virus after 1 September 2021, changes to the course description can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where the interests of the students are not impinged. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2021 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board