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Tuesday, January 29 • 9:00am - 9:30am
The Offline Dimension of Online Crime

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The conventional wisdom is that cybercrime is a largely anonymous activity that exists essentially in cyberspace. The supposed anonymity of attackers feeds into a narrative that cybercrime is strange, new, ubiquitous and ultimately very difficult to counteract. The central purpose of this presentation is to dispute this view. When one looks for it, there is actually a strong offline and local element within cybercrime, alongside the online dimension. In a number of cases, offenders are physically known to each other and work together. Understanding this phenomenon is important for informing policy approaches that seek to address this challenge. The arguments made in this presentation are supported by fieldwork carried out over a 7 year period in some 20 countries, including cybercrime "hotspots" like Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Nigeria, Brazil, China and the USA. This included interviews with almost 250 participants from across law enforcement, the private sector and former cybercriminals.


Jonathan Lusthaus

University of Oxford
Jonathan Lusthaus is Director of The Human Cybercriminal Project in the Department of Sociology and a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. His research focusses on the "human" side of profit-driven cybercrime: who cybercriminals are and how they are organised... Read More →

Tuesday January 29, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am PST
Grand Peninsula Ballroom ABCD