An Analysis of the Nature of Groups Engaged in Cyber Crime
An Analysis of the Nature of Groups engaged in Cyber Crime, International Journal of Cyber Criminology January-June 2014, Volume 8 (1): 1-20.
26 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2014
Date Written: February 14, 2014
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. The paper gives 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
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