Then and Now: On The Maturity of Cybercrime Markets - A study on regulation enforcement of forums in the online underground trading economy

Corradin, M.C. (2014) Then and Now: On The Maturity of Cybercrime Markets - A study on regulation enforcement of forums in the online underground trading economy.

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Abstract:Cybercrime is often in the news and at the attention of the scientifi�c literature as the source of huge �financial losses or the infection of large numbers of user machines becoming part of a botnet. These activities are often massive, and are supported by infrastructures and services that are reportedly served by an active underground economy. Yet, the current understanding of this phenomenon is that the markets underlying the cybercrime economy are by design fraught with problems and cannot possibly sustain the economy the effects of which we observe and read about everyday. This thesis presents a systematic analysis of an online underground black market, namely Carders.CC in which we assess the potential differences between markets that are susceptible to scammers (IRC markets) and markets that implement mechanisms to reduce this problem (forum markets). We �find that cybercrime markets evolved from an equivalent of IRC markets to a strictly regulated state that may greatly favor market and trade e�efficiency does not hold for Carders.CC. This cybercrime market shows a total market failure; reputation mechanisms are not implemented correctly and hierarchy rewarding communities are not properly enforced. As a result scammers operate and move freely in the market making them indistinguishable from normal users. Despite the distrusting nature of criminals (seen as normal users in these markets), they are not able to distinguish "good" users from "bad" users resulting in a failed market. We therefore conclude that we virtually �find no differences between IRC markets and badly regulation enforced forums.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
University of Trento, Trento, Italy
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Computer Science MSc (60300)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65139
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