Organizations and Cybercrime

21 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2013 Last revised: 13 Jul 2014

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Roderic Broadhurst

Australian National University (ANU); ANU Cybercrime Observatory; School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

Peter Grabosky

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

Mamoun Alazab

Cyber Security

Brigitte Bouhours

Australian National University (ANU)

Steve Chon

Independent

Date Written: October 11, 2013

Abstract

This paper explores the nature of groups engaged in cybercrime. It briefly outlines the definition and scope of cybercrime, theoretical and empirical challenges in addressing what is known about cyber offenders, and the likely role of organized crime groups (OCG). We give examples of known cases that illustrate individual and group behaviour, and motivations of typical offenders, including state actors. Different types of cybercrime and different forms of criminal organisation are described drawing on the typology suggested by McGuire (2012). It is apparent that a wide variety of organisational structures are involved in cybercrime. Enterprise or profit-oriented activities, and especially cybercrime committed by state actors, appear to require leadership, structure, and specialisation. By contrast, protest activity tends to be less organized, with weak (if any) chain of command.

Keywords: cybercrime, organized crime, crime groups, Internet crime, cyber offenders, online offenders, state crime

Suggested Citation

Broadhurst, Roderic and Grabosky, Peter and Alazab, Mamoun and Bouhours, Brigitte and Chon, Steve, Organizations and Cybercrime (October 11, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2345525 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2345525

Roderic Broadhurst (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

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ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

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School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

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Peter Grabosky

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) ( email )

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School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

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Mamoun Alazab

Cyber Security ( email )

Australia

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Brigitte Bouhours

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia
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Steve Chon

Independent ( email )

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