Welcome to the International CyberCrime Research Centre

The online aspect of crime is a growing reality that can no longer be ignored. A new generation of criminals has made the Internet its playing field, and there is a clear need to continue to build the new generation of scholars, police investigators, policy makers, and practitioners who will interact with and manage this clientele.

The International CyberCrime Research Centre (ICCRC) was established to contribute to this goal. The ICCRC opened at the Surrey Campus of Simon Fraser University in the summer of 2008 with significant core funding provided by the Government of British Columbia.

The ICCRC aims to promote education and conduct research in cybercrime prevention, detection, and response, in collaboration with the public and private sectors at the regional, national, and international levels. 

Recent Publications:

Scrivens, R., & Perry, B. (Forthcoming, 2017). Resisting the Right: Countering Right-Wing Extremism in Canada. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Macnair, L., & Frank, R. (2017). Voices Against Extremism: A Case Study of a Community-Based CVE Counter-Narrative Campaign. Journal for Deradicalization, 10, 23-50.

Macnair, L., & Frank, R. (2017). "To My Brothers in the West...": A Thematic Analysis of Videos Produced by the Islamic State’s al-Hayat Media Center. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.

Bouchard, M., Davies, G., Frank, R., Wu, E., & Joffres, K. (Forthcoming, 2017). The Social Structure of Extremist Websites. In J. Littlewood, L. Dawson, & S. Thompson (Eds.), Canada Among Nations, 2017: Terrorism and Counterterrorism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Scrivens, R., Davies, G., & Frank, R. (2017). Searching for Signs of Extremism on the Web: An Introduction to Sentiment-based Identification of Radical Authors. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression.

Mikhaylov, A., & Frank, R. (2016). Cards, Money and Two Hacking Forums: An Analysis of Online Money Laundering Schemes. In Proceedings of the 2016 European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC).

Frank, R., Macdonald, M., & Monk, B. (2016). Location, Location, Location: Mapping Potential Canadian Targets in Online Hacker Discussion Forums. In Proceedings of the 2016 European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC).

Scrivens, R., & Frank, R. (2016). Sentiment-based Classification of Radical Text on the Web. In Proceedings of the 2016 European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC).

Macdonald, M., & Frank, R. (2016). The Network Structure of Malware Development, Deployment and Distribution. Global Crime, DOI: 10.1080/17440572.2016.1227707

Westlake, B., Bouchard, M., & Girodat, A. (2016). How Obvious Is It? The Content of Child Sexual Exploitation Websites. Deviant Behavior, DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2016.1197001

Davies, G., Neudecker, C., Ouellet, M., Bouchard, M., & Ducol, B. (2016). Toward a Framework to Assess Online Programs for Countering Violent Extremism. Journal for Deradicalization, 6, 51-86.

Ducol, B., Bouchard, M., Davies, G., Ouellet, M., & Neudecker, C. (2016). Assessment of the State of Knowledge: Connections between Research on the Social Psychology of the Internet and Violent Extremism. Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society: No.16-05.

Weir,  G.R.S., Frank, R., Cartwright, B., & Dos Santos, E. (2016). Positing the Problem: Enhancing Classification of Extremist Web Content Through Textual Analysis. In Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Cybercrime and Computer Forensics (ICCCF).

Westlake, B., & Bouchard, M. (2016). Liking and Hyperlinking: Community Detection in Online Child Exploitation Networks. Social Science Research, 59, 23-36.

Figea, L., Kaati, L., & Scrivens, R. (2016). Measuring Online Affects in a White Supremacy Forum. In Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI).

Current Projects:

Latest News:

Ryan Scrivens, Research Associate at the ICCRC, was appointed Associate Theses Research Editor of Perspectives on Terrorism.

ICCRC's Bryan Monk was accepted into the PhD Program in the School of Criminology at SFU. Well deserved!

Research Associate Ryan Scrivens will be returning to VOX-Pol's Network of Excellence this summer, working with Prof. Maura Conway and Dr. Lorraine Bowman-Grieve on a project to assess the online role(s) of females of the extreme-right.

Research Associates Logan Macnair and Ryan Scrivens will be presenting their research at the TASM Conference in Wales, UK this summer.

Members of the ICCRC presented their research at the 2017 Western Society of Criminology (WSC) conference in Las Vegas on Friday February 10th. Theme of the panel: Radicalization and Extremism through Media-Based Platforms.

Dr. Richard Frank, Associate Director of the ICCRC, was named Associate Editor-in-Chief of Security Informatics.

A non-profit group led by Dr. Frank's CRIM 481 students, Voices Against Extremism (VAE), was one of three finalists for a regional competition hosted by the Organization for Security and Co-operation held in Hamburg.

Research Associate Mitch Macdonald was awarded a SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship.

Research Associate Ryan Scrivens completed a three-month internship with the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence.

Dr. Martin Bouchard, Director of the ICCRC, was promoted to Full Professor in the School of Criminology at SFU.

Research Associate Ryan Scrivens was named Coordinator of the Canadian Network of PhD Theses Writers for the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI).