Offline and Local: The Hidden Face of Cybercrime
Posted: 31 Jul 2017

Jonathan Lusthaus and Federico Varese investigate a neglected aspect of the phenomenon of cybercrime – the offline and local dimension in the case of Romania.

'In this article, we seek to add greater nuance to understandings of cybercrime by highlighting a neglected aspect of the phenomenon: the offline and local dimension. As a starting point it is vital to acknowledge that all cyber-attacks stem from a person who physically exists in a certain location. This basic consideration helps us better understand, investigate and counter cybercrime. It contextualizes the threat. We should expect a degree of variation as to how cybercrime presents in each case. The economic and social dynamics of different settings are likely to influence who gets involved in cybercrime, what types of cybercrime they carry out and the way they are organized. In short, both the individuals behind cybercrime and the offline worlds they inhabit deserve study. Cybersecurity should not just be about the analysis of fast changing technical threats and the challenges they pose. Alongside the online and technical, there is an offline, human and contextual element that matters.' - excerpt from 'Offline and Local: The Hidden Face of Cybercrime'

Further information

Jonathan Lusthaus is Director of the Human Cybercriminal Project & Commonwealth Bank Fellow