No, The Mafia Doesn’t Own Cybercrime: Study

Organized crime organizations play less of a role in cybercrime than you’d think. Instead, a new generation of criminal entrepreneurs runs much of the cyberattack operations worldwide, according to new research presented at Black Hat USA.

Over a seven-year period, Jonathan Lusthaus, director of the human cybercriminal project at Oxford University’s sociology department, studied the role of mafia/organizations in cybercrime in 20 different countries. He found that while organized crime provides help or guidance to cybercrime gangs or campaigns in some cases, the bulk of these hacking enterprises are conducted by a new breed of criminal.

Read more about the findings of this impressive study on DarkReading.