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Understanding the drivers of cybercriminality, and new methods to prevent, investigate and mitigate cybercriminal behaviour

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The human factors behind juvenile cyber-delinquency

Psychology, criminology, anthropology, neurobiology and cyberpsychology will be combined in a multi-disciplinary investigation to detect and explain the drivers of crime in cyberspace. With so many devices connected to the internet and the rapid rise in the digital economy, the boom in cybercrime is inevitable. The EU-funded CC-DRIVER project will focus on the human factors behind juvenile cyber-delinquency and adolescent hacking. The findings will assist in the development of mitigation and deterrence strategies. By investigating 'cybercrime-as-a-service', the project will design policy templates for combatting online cybercrime and produce a youth self-assessment online metric tool designed to help understand cybercriminal behaviour and prompt positive pathways. The project will also conduct a comparative analysis of cybercrime legislation and policy in eight Member States.


A free, democratic and open EU provides endless opportunities for its people. However, growth is not without risk, especially in cyberspace, in the ubiquity of connected devices and rapid technological change. Criminality is also adapting, seeking opportunity and taking on new forms. CC-DRIVER will use a multidisciplinary approach from the domains of psychology, criminology, anthropology, neurobiology and cyberpsychology to investigate, identify, understand and explain drivers of new forms of criminality. We will focus on human factors that determine criminal behaviours such as cyber juvenile delinquency and adolescent hacking. Scientific investigation of drivers into cybercrime, impact of online disinhibition and the effect of youth decision-making processes will inform our evidence-based intervention, mitigation and deterrence strategies. Our measures will be designed to educate regarding criminality and to divert youth from crime. Our consortium will investigate “cybercrime-as-a-service”, its modalities, purveyors and trends so that Member States, stakeholders and citizens have a shared view of the dimensions of cybercriminality, its impact on our society and economy and what we, collectively and individually, can do to overcome them. We will produce a youth self-assessment online metric tool designed to help understand cybercriminal behaviour and to prompt positive pathways. We will also develop a self-assessment questionnaire so that SMEs, CSOs and other stakeholders can assess their vulnerability to cybercrime attacks. For LEAs, we will produce tools to gather evidence and investigate and mitigate cybercrime operations. We will produce policy templates for combatting online cybercriminality. We will deliver opportunities for EU LEAs to exchange knowledge and experiences with a view to fostering common European approaches and strengthening the European Security Union as an area of freedom, justice, security and, importantly, opportunity.

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Net EU contribution
€ 880 062,50
SW1X 7QA London
United Kingdom

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

London Inner London — West Westminster
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 949 125,00

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