A Continuum of Internet-Based Crime: How the Effectiveness of Cybersecurity Policies Varies Across Cybercrime Types

in Research Handbook on Digital Transformations, edited by F. Xavier Olleros and Majlinda Zhegu. Edward Elgar, Northampton, MA, Forthcoming

24 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2015 Last revised: 26 Dec 2015

Date Written: December 16, 2015

Abstract

Internet-based crime is a looming problem. Some crimes, such as the sale of drugs and guns and the distribution of child abuse imagery, have shifted into the applications, forums and chatrooms of the Internet. Other crimes, such as data breaches and identity theft, ransomware and distributed denial of service attacks, are launched via the infrastructure of the network. Cybersecurity policies designed to counter these activities have predictably different effects across the various types of Internet-based crime. Dark Web indexing and Internet service provider botnet mitigation strategies, for example, affect some forms of cybercrime more than others. In particular, this paper outlines how Internet-based crime varies along a continuum from crime in the applications of the Internet to crime via the infrastructure of the system. It then shows how cybersecurity strategies have differential effects across the various cybercrime types.

Keywords: cybercrime; cybersecurity; Dark Web; online illegal marketplaces; DDoS attacks; Data Breaches; Dark Web Indexing; criminology; botnets; botnet mitigation

Suggested Citation

Jardine, Eric, A Continuum of Internet-Based Crime: How the Effectiveness of Cybersecurity Policies Varies Across Cybercrime Types (December 16, 2015). in Research Handbook on Digital Transformations, edited by F. Xavier Olleros and Majlinda Zhegu. Edward Elgar, Northampton, MA, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2704434

Eric Jardine (Contact Author)

Virginia Tech ( email )

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Waterloo, Ontario N2L 6C2
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