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NCJ Number: NCJ 242345     Find in a Library
Title: How Organised is Organised Cybercrime?
Journal: Global Crime  Volume:14  Issue:1  Dated:February 2013  Pages:52 to 60
Author(s): Jonathan Lusthaus
Date Published: 02/2013
Page Count: 9
Document: HTML 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this research note is to apply scholarly rigor to the question of whether profit-driven cybercrime can fit underneath formal definitions of organized crime and mafias.
Abstract: To some writers and commentators, fully fledged organized cybercrime is currently emerging. Law enforcement spokesmen and Internet security firms have even made comparisons between the structure of cybercriminal enterprises and organizations like La Cosa Nostra. But, in reality, conventional criminal labels applied to cybercrime are themselves often poorly understood by those who employ them. The purpose of this research note is to apply scholarly rigor to the question of whether profit-driven cybercrime can fit underneath formal definitions of organized crime and mafias. It proceeds in three sections: the first section outlines academic definitions of organized crime, mafias and cybercrime; the second section assesses whether online cybercriminal trading forums, perhaps the most visible and documented examples of cybercriminal organization, might constitute mafias as some contend; the third section briefly discusses some other less documented examples of ‘organized’ cybercrime and assesses the broader possibility of online groups being classified as organized crime groups. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Computer privacy and security ; Computer related crime ; Organized crime ; International
   
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