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The Group Element of Cybercrime: Types, Dynamics, and Criminal Operations

Nurse, Jason R. C. and Bada, Maria (2019) The Group Element of Cybercrime: Types, Dynamics, and Criminal Operations. In: Attrill-Smith, Alison and Fullwood, Chris and Keep, Melanie and Kuss, Daria J., eds. The Oxford Handbook of Cyberpsychology. Oxford University Press. E-ISBN 978-0-19-881274-6. (doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198812746.013.36) (KAR id:69501)

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While cybercrime can often be an individual activity pursued by lone hackers, it has increasingly grown into a group activity, with networks across the world. This chapter critically examines the group element of cybercrime from several perspectives. It identifies the platforms that online groups - cybercriminal and otherwise - use to interact, and considers groups as both perpetrators and victims of cybercrime. A key novelty is the discovery of new types of online groups whose collective actions border on criminality. The chapter also analyzes how online cybercrime groups form, organize, and operate. It explores issues such as trust, motives, and means, and draws on several poignant examples, from Anonymous to LulzSec, to illustrate the arguments.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198812746.013.36
Uncontrolled keywords: cybercrime, cybercriminal networks, organized crime, group behavior, human psychology, trust, criminal platforms, criminology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Jason Nurse
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2018 21:36 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:58 UTC
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