Information and communications technology (ICT) has transformed conceptions of organized crime. Specifically, ICT has had an impact on the nature of organized crime activities and the types of individuals who can participate in organized crime. While there is a growing body of research into various forms of cybercrime, there is comparatively less research on cyber organized crime. Without understanding the exact nature and extent of the threat, States continue to struggle in containing the security threat emanating from cyber organized crime. Moreover, without this information, policymakers and other stakeholders cannot make informed decisions in response to cyber organized crime and identify proper courses of action to respond to or otherwise address cyber organized crime.
To remedy this, the present case digest seeks to shed light on cyber organized crime and identify cyber organized crime cases from different regions. It identifies and analyses cyber organized crime cases in an attempt to determine not only key characteristics of this form of crime and the groups that commit such crime, but also gaps in knowledge and criminal justice practices as they relate to the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of cases involving this crime.
UNODC Global Programme for the Implementation of the Organized Crime Convention is currently organizing two activities to further disseminate the Digest of Cyber Organised Crime. A virtual Expert Group Meeting on Cyber Organized Crime in Anglophone Africa will be held from 24 to 26 November 2021 to further identify and discuss cyber organized cases from the region. This will allow UNODC to expand the digest and to ensure an equitable representation of cases from different geographical regions and legal systems, to the extent possible.
In addition, and in cooperation with the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA San Salvador), UNODC is organizing an online webinar on investigating and prosecuting cyber organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean, to be held from 28 March to 1 April 2022. This webinar aims to enhance the knowledge and expertise on cyber organized crime and related issues of practitioners in Latin America and the Caribbean, and to facilitate the exchange of practices in addressing cyber organized crime among practitioners from the region.
Both events are made possible through funding received from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.