Dis-Organised Crime: Towards a Distributed Model of the Organization of Cybercrime

The European Review of Organised Crime, 2(2), 2015, 71-90

20 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2015 Last revised: 23 Oct 2015

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David S. Wall

University of Leeds, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies

Date Written: October 21, 2015

Abstract

There exists a widespread and uncritical assumption that the internet and society have been brought to their knees by Mafia-driven organised crime groups. Yet, this rhetorical narrative is not supported by research into the organisation of online crime groupings which finds that the organisation of crime online follows a different logic to the organisation of crime offline, a difference which is also reflected in other organised crime groupings though with different actors. Such findings identify instead a ‘disorganised’ or distributed model of organization, rather than a hierarchical command and control structure. This article maps out the logic behind the organisation of criminal behaviour online before looking critically at the organised cybercrime debates. It then draws upon a simple analysis of the structures of known cybercrime groups and then three case studies of different cybercrime types to explore their organization.

Keywords: Cybercrime, Mafia, Organised crime, Organized crime

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Wall, David S., Dis-Organised Crime: Towards a Distributed Model of the Organization of Cybercrime (October 21, 2015). The European Review of Organised Crime, 2(2), 2015, 71-90. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2677113 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2677113

David S. Wall (Contact Author)

University of Leeds, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies ( email )

School of Law, Liberty Building
University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT
United Kingdom
+44 113 343 9575 (Phone)

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