Advancement in technology translates to criminals coming up with creative ways of perpetrating attacks without being detected even by the most secured systems or advanced law enforcement agencies. Cyber-attacks are common nowadays and when executed to perfection always result in theft of highly sensitive material or crippling of vital systems. However, researchers are pointing out that by studying algorithms used to drive Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) search tool and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) analytics data, some of this attacks could be stopped, and the mastermind behind them apprehended.
Researchers From the University of Drexel have been studying activities in some of the major cybercrime forums affirming that intel gathered could end up being useful in revealing the next generation of untouchables. The team of researchers carried out studies on the intricacies behind some of the most sophisticated cyber criminals, coming up with definitive formulas for understanding what goes behind the scene in most of the cybercrime mobs.
The developed formulas for understanding organized crimes were derived from some of the algorithms used to run Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s search engine tool, as well as Klout ranking system. The research team also used Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) analytics tools to come up with visual representations of most of the cybercrime forums
The formulas can be used to measure the relative connectedness of a single member of a given forum, of importance in identifying a leader of a given unit. The formula tallies the number of people a given person is tied to, based on the number of conversations he carries out as well as transactions. The research team is quick to point out that most of the connected cybercriminals hold a great deal of power in most of the forums and can interact freely with other members without using intermediaries as adding other members usually erodes trust.
Members in organized crime units usually earn trust depending on the amount of positive transactions they have carried out with success. Cybercrime mobs are not limited to size like street gangs as a team could have even a thousand members divided into sub-groups each carrying out particular tasks within a particular illegal revenue stream.
Just like other crime groups cyber criminals also get kicked out of a forum when they don’t deliver on an agreed promise or deliver faulty products. Members can also be blocked or banned when found to be operating duplicate accounts in a bid to manipulate others. The beauty of it is that most of the banned members usually end up rejoining a forum undetected.
Law enforcement agencies even on using some of the derived algorithms from Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Klout cannot be able to identify perpetrators as very few members ever share their identity even to their most trusted partners in the business. The only point of vulnerability that law enforcement agencies can use to arrest some of the perpetrators is through e-currency as most of them in one way or another accept payment be it on PayPal or other platforms as one of the ways of staying afloat in the business.
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