A New Frontier in Cybercrime
In Chapter 1, the research sample and the methodological approach were described. In Chapter 3, the background to the research problem, along with a more theoretical and comparative analysis, will be set out. As previously stated, gambling is a huge business and remote gambling has become one of the main arms of this nebulous sport. Legislatures and governments have taken precautionary measures to regulate remote gambling, either to prevent it being carried out within their country, or to prevent criminals using it as an avenue for committing crimes. This research moves beyond the usually accepted means of remote gambling and looks at the grey area of the Internet and gambling, in other words, social networking and online virtual world games. Within these two areas of the Internet, it is argued that gambling can and does take place, and because of the lack of understanding of these virtual world and the games played within them, legislators are not providing the correct preventative measures to inhibit financial crime. In Chapter 1, the top ten games were examined and a content analysis conducted to demonstrate that all of these games can be considered to fulfil the requirements of remote gambling under section 6 of the UK Gambling Act 2005. Yet, none of these games are licensed within the United Kingdom. The UK gambling sector is regulated by the Gambling Commission and companies who carry out gambling activities within the United Kingdom have to be licensed by the Gambling Commission.
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