Cybercrime Kingpins: the organisation of big data crime online

Cybercrime Kingpins: the organisation of big data crime online

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Roger Stevens LT 14 (10M.14)

University of Leeds

Woodhouse Lane



United Kingdom

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David Wall (Cybercrime Group, School of Law) will look at the criminals behind cybercrime

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The introduction of cloud technologies in the late 2000s and more latterly the Internet of Things have changed the cybercrime landscape dramatically. In particular, they have increased the volume, velocity and variety of essential information flows (‘big data’) which facilitate the various applications and workings of the internet. These data have become objects of value in their own right. Not only is the use of Big Data creating new markets for licit and illicit sales and encouraging data breaches, but the breaches themselves are also creating new financial and moral economies around them. Perhaps more importantly, when sold-on, the big data stolen from data breaches upstream is causing many more ‘big crimes’ downstream such as frauds, and scams etc. As a result, the distribution of criminal labour within cyberspace has changed as the cybercrime landscape has expanded.

This talk will map out the division of labour in the modern cybercrime ecosystem and explore what we do and don't know about the various offender groups involved. The first part will map out the divisions of criminal labour within the cybercrime ecosystem, before, secondly, separating out the primary upstream offenders and downstream offenders and outlines their various functions and motivations. Thirdly, it uses an analysis of cybercrime data breaches to illustrate the division of labour. The talk then maps out and discusses the roles of a rarely discussed but additional group of criminal actors, the secondary offenders or ‘the Kingpins’ who broker online criminal services that facilitate and enable cybercrime. The fifth and final part of the will discuss and describe the functional (and dysfunctional) relationships between the different offending groups. It will separate out the general expectations (what is ‘expected’) from the reality (what is being found), before exploring the implications for policy makers, cybersecurity professionals and law enforcement.

It is part of the University's Information Security Week (21-25 October)

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