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During the last twenty years, smart computer users using their machine to commit crimes have fascinated the world and generated a strange feeling composed of admiration and fear.
The entertainment industry understood these emotions quickly and has therefore continuously released new books, movies and shows representing cyber-criminals in action and threatening the world behind their computer. However, is our society facing a real threat or is it only a myth? If it was only a marginal phenomenon, the forty-three Members of the Council of Europe and Observers like the United States, Canada, Israel and Japan would not have drafted the first International Treaty regulating Cyber-crime which entered on June 22nd 2001 the final stage of its adoption’s process and which could be opened for signature as early as November 2001. However, is this new treaty the ultimate tool to fight crime in cyber-space? This book is addressing this issue in four chapters .The first one depicts the criminological aspects of cyber-crime by defining the phenomenon, identifying the different groups of cyber-Criminals and analyzing recent statistics and cases to determine the extent of the threat that our society faces. A second chapter focuses on the Council of Europe Convention on Cyber-crime. It begins by a presentation of the Institution and of its multilateral treaties adoption’s procedure and ends with an analysis of the Convention content and critics. The third chapter tests the efficiency of the law in general in the international crusade against cyber-crime and proposes alternative methods of combat. The forth chaper is having conclusion.