Bitcoin burglaries and the Theft Act 1968

Taylor, A. and Ó Floinn, M. (2021) Bitcoin burglaries and the Theft Act 1968. Criminal Law Review, 2021(3), pp. 163-190.

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Abstract

Discusses the growing trend for criminals to burgle the homes of bitcoin holders and force them to disclose the password to their cryptocurrency. Reviews the operation of crypto asset systems, and considers, with reference to three hypothetical scenarios, how such "rubber hose" attacks might be prosecuted, including whether they constitute "property" offences for the purposes of theft and burglary convictions under the Theft Act 1968.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:O'Flynn, Dr Micheal
Authors: Taylor, A., and Ó Floinn, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Criminal Law Review
Publisher:Sweet & Maxwell
ISSN:0011-135X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Thomson Reuters
First Published:First published in Criminal Law Review 2021(3):163-190
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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