Journal of Social Sciences

Perception and Awareness of Young Internet Users towards Cybercrime: Evidence from Malaysia

Md Shamimul Hasan, Rashidah Abdul Rahman, Sharifah Farah Hilwani Binti Tengku Abdillah and Normah Omar

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2015.395.404

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 11, Issue 4

Pages 395-404


Cybercrime is a criminal (unethical and unlawful) activities using internet facilities such as virus infections, identity theft and hacking. There is high risk of becoming a victim especially for young internet user. The purpose of this study is to protect them by providing empirical evidence to the policy makers in combating cybercrime. The study examines the relationship between perception and gender, age and knowledge as well as the relationship between awareness and gender, age and knowledge towards cybercrime. A field survey is conducted among 342 students in the faculty of accountancy of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) with a structured questionnaire that covers demographic information and seven most known cybercrimes. Percentile analysis, correlation matrix, multivariate regressions are done to test the hypotheses. In addition, Post Hoc test is conducted to locate where the significant differences lies. The study finds: (1) Female students are more aware and have affirmative insights than male, (2) students in the age group of 18-23 years have lower perception and awareness than those aged 24 years and above and (3) those with higher academic qualifications are more aware at cybercrime and perceived the issue of risk differently. The study provides empirical evidence to the top management of the higher level institutions on the needs to improve their policies and procedures to protect young generation reducing the high risk of becoming a victim.


© 2015 Md Shamimul Hasan, Rashidah Abdul Rahman, Sharifah Farah Hilwani Binti Tengku Abdillah and Normah Omar. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.