Cybercrime Investigations: A Comprehensive Resource for Everyone

Cybercrime Investigations, a comprehensive resource for everyone.

A book by John Bandler and Antonia Merzon

Available for purchase from many online outlets, including Amazon, the publisher (Routledge, CRC, T&F), Barnes & Noble, and more (links below).

This book was written to help you, your organization, and the current and next generations of cybercrime investigators take action against cybercrime.

Three main sectors investigate cybercrime:

  • Law enforcement
  • Regulators
  • Private sector

Cybercrime investigators have many titles, including:

  • Investigator
  • Detective
  • Special Agent
  • Police Officer
  • Prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney, Assistant State's Attorney
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Analyst
  • Forensic Analyst
  • Forensic Examiner
  • Paralegal
  • Consultant
  • Attorney
  • General Counsel
  • Claims Counsel
  • Claims Analyst
  • Plaintiff's Counsel

This book provides a comprehensive view of cybercrime and how to investigate it, giving any investigator the knowledge and tools to work on these cases. To fight cybercrime effectively we need trained investigators who understand the broad implications and investigative avenues of this crime. Many individuals with a diverse array of experience and expertise conduct different aspects of a cybercrime investigation. Others might be responsible for decisions about what resources and priorities to allocate to the investigation. This book is for everyone, in all sectors, and is not just for "techies" or those with the title of "investigator".

Throughout the book are vignettes on a host of interesting topics, including the thread case of People of the State of New York v. Western Express International, Inc., et al. We worked on this cybercrime investigation and prosecution for eight years, from the report of the first criminal incident through the defendants' conviction after trial, and it led us across the United States and around the globe.

Clearly written and well-organized, it is ideal as a professional reference, training resource, or course book. Take a look at the table of contents below.

Table of Contents


Part I: Understanding Cybercrime, Computers, and Cybersecurity

  • Chapter 1 The Need for Good Cybercrime Investigators (Introduction)
  • Chapter 2 What is Cybercrime and Why is it Committed
  • Chapter 3 Introduction to Computers, Networks, and Forensics
  • Chapter 4 Introduction to Information Security and Cybersecurity

Part II: Law for the Cybercrime Investigator

  • Chapter 5 Fundamental Principles of Criminal and Civil Law
  • Chapter 6 Cybercrime Defined: The Criminal Statutes Outlawing Criminal Conduct Online
  • Chapter 7 The Law Enforcement Legal Toolbox for Investigating Cybercrime (Laws for Gathering Criminal Cyber Evidence)
  • Chapter 8 Cyber Investigations Linked to Nation-States or Terrorists
  • Chapter 9 Civil and Regulatory Legal Implications of Cybercrime (Cyberlaw in the Civil and Regulatory Sectors)

Part III: The Cybercrime Investigation

  • Chapter 10 Embarking on a Cybercrime Investigation: The Three Perspectives and Key Areas of Focus
  • Chapter 11 General Investigation Methods: Organization, Open Source, Records, and Email
  • Chapter 12 The Private Entity's Cybercrime Investigation
  • Chapter 13 Law Enforcement’s Cybercrime Investigation
  • Chapter 14 The Regulator’s Investigation
  • Chapter 15 Financial Investigation: Following the Cybercrime Money
  • Chapter 16 Identification of the Suspect: Attributing Cyber Conduct to a Person
  • Chapter 17 Apprehending the Suspect and the Investigation that Follows

Part IV: Litigation  (Cybercrime Investigations in Court)  

  • Chapter 18 Criminal litigation
  • Chapter 19 Civil Litigation


  • Chapter 20 Conclusion

The book also contains interesting and informative tables, figures, diagrams, and even cartoons with original art.

Details and ISBN

  • Paperback: ISBN 9781032399980
  • eBook: ISBN 9781003033523
  • LCCN 2020000272
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Purchase it online

Note for students especially: Please research all of your purchase and rental options. Pricing fluctuates, and in December 2022 (or so) a paperback version was issued at a much lower cost, and the price of the hardcover was raised significantly. Electronic versions are available too. Some outlets are print-on-demand (POD) so may take longer. Order early if needed.

Sample course and syllabus information

  • Sample course information (coming maybe someday)

Uses for the book

  • Professional reference
  • Coursebook for courses on cybercrime, cybercrime investigations, cyberlaw
  • Looks great on a shelf too or as a paperweight


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Originally posted 2020, Updated 3/15/2023.