1The Evolution of Cybercrime During the Covid-19 Crisis

1.1. Introduction

Since the early months of 2020, several publications have addressed the impacts of the pandemic on the evolution of cybercrime.

In March 2020, the US Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a brief report on the subject [FIN 20]; in April 2020, UNODC warned against the risks specifically related to the new pandemic context [UNO 20]; followed by the French Senate [SÉN 20] during the same month. In June 2020, the international organization Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime [MAH 20], the German Konrad-Adenauer Foundation [WIG 20] and Interpol [INT 20] (by means of a survey studying 192 countries) produced numerous reports, whose analyses converged on various points:

– the pandemic was a context favoring the acceleration of cybercrime;

– during lockdown, an increase was observed in crimes in cyberspace, both as “cyber-dependent crimes” and “cyber-related crimes”;

– a considerable increase in cybercriminal activities related to Covid-19;

– in addition to the increase in the level of cybercrime, the pandemic may also have disrupted the security forces and the justice system in charge of fighting this phenomenon;

– the evolution of cybercrime varies from one world region to another (according to Interpol);

– the adaptation of cybercriminals to the new environment, who change their tactics in order to maximize profits: “Cybercriminals are shifting their focus from individuals and ...

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