Oxford Handbook of Organized Crime, L. Paoli, Oxford University Press, 2013, DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199730445.013.003
31 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2013
Date Written: October 15, 2013
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.
Keywords: Cybercrime, cybersecurity, organized cybercriminal groups, organized criminal groups
JEL Classification: C88, C89, K42, K49
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