Cybercriminal Networks

Origin, growth and criminal capabilities

By Rutger Leukfeldt

Cybercriminal networks make use of digital means, such as phishing, malware, or hacking to steal money from customers of financial institutions. The author analyzes the processes of origin, growth, and criminal capabilities to put forward several explanations for the differences found between traditional criminal networks and cybercriminal networks. Although the majority of these cybercriminal networks still rely on real-world social ties for their origin and growth, some networks make full use of the advantages that digitization provides. As a new kind of offender convergence setting, forums provide a fluid form of cooperation, making dependency relationships seen in traditional criminal networks less important. Furthermore, examples were found of prolonged, repeated interaction through online communities, which raises the question to what extent digital social ties differ from their real-world counterparts. This study forms an important evidence-based contribution to the criminological knowledge about cybercriminal networks. Furthermore, based on the empirical results, the author outlines possibilities for situational crime prevention against cybercriminal networks. This book will therefore be of interest both to academics and practitioners in the field of cybercrime and cyber security. Dissertation. [Subject: Criminology, Criminal Law, Cyber Security]

Publication Date: 11/14/2016
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9789462367081