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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Friday, October 25, 2013

Choo & Grabosky on Cyber Crime

Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo and Peter Grabosky (University of South Australia and Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS)) have posted Cyber Crime (Oxford Handbook of Organized Crime, L. Paoli, Oxford University Press, 2013) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This essay considers how information and communications technologies (ICT) are used by organized crime groups. Three categories of groups are identified: traditional organized criminal groups, which make use of ICT to enhance their terrestrial criminal activities; organized cybercriminal groups, which operate exclusively online; and organized groups of ideologically and politically motivated individuals (including state and state-sponsored actors), who make use of ICT to facilitate their criminal conduct. We feel that it is important to draw a distinction between these types of organized criminal groups, particularly when formulating cybersecurity policy, because cybercriminality is not a monolithic threat. The article will note the transnational nature of much organized criminal activity and will discuss mechanisms for the control of organized crime in the digital age.

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