Online gaming: cybercrime, addiction and security

Holding, Duncan (2011) Online gaming: cybercrime, addiction and security. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of this report is to discover whether or not a link between online gaming addiction and online gaming cybercrime can be made. Past literature on internet and gaming addiction is evaluated while types of cybercrime and prevention techniques are explained. A study was done using questionnaires on online gamers to evaluate both their level of gaming addiction and their likelihood of committing cybercrime. Correlation was found between these two variables, suggesting an interesting avenue of research previously not undertaken. Correlation was also found between the age of participants and their gaming addiction score, supporting previous research. There were several biases and limitation present in this study making future research in the area key to fully supporting the findings discovered within this study. In conclusion, online game addiction may be a large factor for motivating online gamers to commit cybercrime, though more investigation is needed to solidify this statement.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Computing
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 11:32
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:07
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/8921

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