Cybercrimes during COVID -19 Pandemic

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Raghad Khweiled 1,* Mahmoud Jazzar 1 Derar Eleyan 1

1. Palestine Technical University – Kadoorie, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Tulkarem, P.O. Box 7, Palestine

* Corresponding author.


Received: 31 Jan. 2021 / Revised: 25 Feb. 2021 / Accepted: 7 Mar. 2021 / Published: 8 Apr. 2021

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Cybercrimes, cyber-attacks, malware, COVID-19, work-from-home.


COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lifestyle of all aspects of life. These circumstances have created new patterns in lifestyle that people had to deal with. As such, full and direct dependence on the use of the unsafe Internet network in running all aspects of life. As example, many organizations started officially working through the Internet, students moved to e-education, online shopping increased, and more. These conditions have created a fertile environment for cybercriminals to grow their activity and exploit the pressures that affected human psychology to increase their attack success. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the data collected from global online fraud and cybersecurity service companies to demonstrate on how cybercrimes increased during the COVID-19 epidemic. The significance and value of this research is to highlight by evident on how criminals exploit crisis, and for the need to develop strategies and to enhance user awareness for better detection and prevention of future cybercrimes.

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Raghad Khweiled, Mahmoud Jazzar, Derar Eleyan, "Cybercrimes during COVID -19 Pandemic ", International Journal of Information Engineering and Electronic Business(IJIEEB), Vol.13, No.2, pp. 1-10, 2021. DOI:10.5815/ijieeb.2021.02.01


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