Transnational organised cyber crime: distinguishing threat from reality

Rob Mccusker

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    Abstract

    Cybercrime has become an integral part of the transnational threat landscape and conjures up pressing images of nefarious and increasingly complex online activity. More recently, the concept of „organised crime‟ has been attributed to cybercriminality. There has been subsequent disagreement and confusion concerning whether such crime is a derivation of traditional organised crime or an evolution of such crime within the online space. This opaque state of affairs has been exacerbated by the relative lack of clear evidence attesting to and supporting either scenario. Technological advances have always been used to the advantage of the criminal fraternity. The crucial question that remains is whether those advances have merely facilitated the commission of physical crime or whether in fact they have led to the creation of a new wave of traditional, but virtual, organised crime.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)257-273
    JournalCrime, Law and Social Change
    Volume46
    Issue number4-5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2007

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