Broadband Industry Structure and Cybercrime: An Empirical Analysis

24 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2015 Last revised: 25 Sep 2015

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Carolyn Gideon

Tufts University - Fletcher School

Christiaan Hogendorn

Wesleyan University - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 24, 2015

Abstract

Prior studies have shown that while ISPs are well positioned to provide residential and SME users critical protection from cybercrime, their incentives to do so are often insufficient. The presence of competition in providing broadband service is a factor we might expect to impact such incentives as shown in prior theoretical work. We test this finding using data consisting of intrusion attempts on residential networks obtained using honeypot sensors. We compare the frequency and nature of attack attempts found on networks served by ISPs that are monopolists with those that face competition. We also place sensors on servers to identify the IP addresses of the infected machines that conduct these attacks in order to analyze the infection rates of residential ISP networks.

Keywords: Industry structure, Broadband, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity

Suggested Citation

Gideon, Carolyn and Hogendorn, Christiaan, Broadband Industry Structure and Cybercrime: An Empirical Analysis (September 24, 2015). TPRC 43: The 43rd Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2588299 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2588299

Carolyn Gideon (Contact Author)

Tufts University - Fletcher School ( email )

Medford, MA 02155
United States

Christiaan Hogendorn

Wesleyan University - Department of Economics ( email )

238 Church Street
Middletown, CT 06459-0007
United States
860-685-2108 (Phone)
860-685-2301 (Fax)

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