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This research aims to explore news media reporting practices of cybercrime, specifically focusing on victim organizations. Drawing on the media framing theory, the intention of this study is to investigate frames that news media employs when reporting cybercrime. A basic premise of this work is that victims of cybercrime, organizations in particular, are reluctant to share information about cyber-attacks due to fear of being negatively represented by news media. This, in turn, discourages victims to be forthcoming with the information about attacks, weakening our defences against cybercrime. The ultimate purpose of this two-phased research is to develop a model for accurate cybercrime reporting for news media. In the first phase, victims of cybercrime (organizations) were interviewed to examine their perceptions about news media reporting of cyber incidents. The second phase will focus on examining frames that media outlets use to depict organizations that became victims of cybercrime.



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