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
Date Written: October 21, 2015
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
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