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Cybercrime: West versus China This study was set out to investigate the existence of organised

Summary: Cybercrime: West versus China
This study was set out to investigate the existence of organised
cybercrime in China with a specific focus on carding, a criminal practice
associated with the illicit use of third party credit cards. The practitioners
are known as carders. Not only is organised cybercrime found to exist in
China but a sophisticated underground economy is also flourishing rapidly.
While the Western cybercriminals prefer to use closed membership
online forums which commonly have a hierarchical management structure
(figure 1) that helps to enforce a reputation based trust mechanism to fight
off the relentless army of rippers who seek to cheat other members, the
Chinese cybercriminals prefer to use more decentralised means such as
the Baidu Tieba (figure 3), an open public message forum and the QQ
Instant Messenger (figure 2), China's most popular instant messenger.
Interestingly, since the posts on Baidu Tieba are indexed by Baidu's search
engine, China's most popular search engine, rippers can be reported by
having their details published on Baidu Tieba. Thus, anyone who seeks to
avoid the rippers only need to search for the QQ number of the person
they are intending to trade with. If it is found then that person is a ripper. In
this sense, the Chinese cybercriminals have implemented a decentralised
form of trust mechanism that eliminates the need to use forums which are


Source: Anderson, Jim - School of Mathematics, University of Southampton


Collections: Mathematics