Prestige In The Computer Underground
Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Bilbao, Spain
Over the last few years, the Internet has become the host of very dynamic underground forums where many illegal goods and services can be bought and sold. Credit card thieves and resellers have taken advantage of these forums to expand their business and find new partners. Given the anonymity provided by the Internet and the inherent risks of dealing with criminals, online fraudsters have needed tools to avoid potential problems. One such tool is a reputation index where individuals can rate each other. The same concept was previously used in auction sites such as eBay and it is expected that those with higher reputation index will have access to more attractive criminal opportunities. In this paper, we offer a model that takes into account the different capitals as presented by Bourdieu to evaluate the factors that affect the reputation index of individuals. This model integrates the fraudsters’ characteristics as well as their social capital.
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