Cybercrime and Harassment: The Impact of Blackmailing on Jordanian Society as a Case Study

Hanene Lahiani (1), Prof. Mohammad Salman Al-Khaza’leh (2)
(1) College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Al-Ain University, Abu Dhabi- UAE, United Arab Emirates,
(2) College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Al-Ain University, Abu Dhabi- UAE, United Arab Emirates


This study aims to uncover the relationship between two cybercrimes, harassment and blackmailing, as well as their impact on Jordanian society. The study population included 90 prosecutors working in Jordanian courts. The researchers used the relational method in the second half of the academic year 2020. According to Jordanian prosecutors, the rate of cybercrime harassment is average, whereas that of blackmail is high. The findings also show a statistically significant relationship between harassment and blackmail crimes among the sample members, which is a statistically significant rate. The study also showed that the spread of harassment had six consequences: threatening and defaming the victim, family breakup, social decay, loss of values, instilling skcepticism and loss of self-confidence, and security instability. The authors recommend increasing citizens' awareness of the concept of electronic governance to combat cybercrime. They also recommend that governments conclude agreements and treaties that criminalize all types of crimes, pinpoint their locations when they are committed, and explain how cybercriminals should be delivered.

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Author Biographies

Hanene Lahiani, College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Al-Ain University, Abu Dhabi- UAE

Dr. Hanene Lahiani is an assistant Professor in English Language and Linguistics at Al Ain University
(AAU), UAE. She previously taught at the University of Sfax, Tunisia. She got her Bachelor degree
from Laval University (Canada) and her Master and PhD degrees from Manouba University (Tunisia).
Dr. Lahiani has taught in B.A., Diploma and M.A. levels. Her teaching interest includes general
Linguistics, semantics, phonology, morphology, semiotics and Business English. Her research interest
encompasses visual semiotics, social semiotics, visual rhetoric and applied linguistics.

Prof. Mohammad Salman Al-Khaza’leh, College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Al-Ain University, Abu Dhabi- UAE

Mohammad Salman AlKazaleh is a Professor of Foundations of Education in AlAin University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He is author of tens of articles related to education, educational psychology and educational Technology. His research interests include foundations of education, classroom management, school curricula and educational technology. 

Lahiani, H., & Al-Khaza’leh, M. S. (2023). Cybercrime and Harassment: The Impact of Blackmailing on Jordanian Society as a Case Study. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 23(3), 117–123.

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