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1 Tuesday, 12/6 Agenda Finish Cyber-Crime Terrorism Crimes of the Powerful

2 Administrative Extra credit option is posted on course page Updated schedule – Final two classes = slides/lecture only – No reading assignments – Material will still be on exam Study guide to be provided for final exam – Will post on web next week – Exam not cumulative

3 Cyber-Crime Crime that occurs over the internet using a computer – Cyber markets – Fraud – Development of criminal communities

4 Cyber-Markets Piracy – Software, Music, Movies, Television Broadcasts, Books… Requires minimal skill, but does entail some risks (viruses, lawsuits, etc.) Estimates vary, but roughly 1/3 of Americans report pirating Higher estimates among youth, especially COLLEGE KIDS! Music and video piracy appears to be declining…why? Beyond pirating—use of legitimate (eBay, Craig's list) and illegitimate sites to engage in crime (sell stolen goods, trade in illicit drugs/sex).

5 Cyber pornography market Defining “pornography” has always been problematic Other major issues – Access by Minors – Unwanted solicitation – Child pornography Federal legislation has had limited success… – Communications Decency act of 1996 – Child Online Protection Act (COPA) of 1998 – Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) of 2000

6 Cyber Fraud Traditional Fraud Scams – A friend from Nigeria wished to transfer a million dollars into your account Phishing and Pharming scams – Your Ebay account has been compromised! Hacking Major concern with many of these techniques is identity theft – Use your information to take out loans, get credit cards, etc.

7 Identity Theft The unlawful use of another person’s identifying information – Use of name, DOB, social security number, credit card number…to commit fraud or other crimes – Internet and information age has made this much easier

8 Combating Identity Theft State Legislation – “Freeze laws” – stops access to credit reports – Laws to redact fraudulent transactions from credit reports – Disclosure laws—if your info has been compromised New emphasis on information privacy Risk minimization – Guard SS# and other private info, look at credit reports, shred sensitive paper, don’t open suspicious …

9 Cybercrime Communities Anonymity of cyberspace – Deviant Subcultures have arena to share information and engage in crime Child Pornography Drug Distribution

10 Terrorism Definitions Vary Widely – The use of violence to influence the political, social, or religious attitudes and/or behaviors of others – Premeditated, politically motivated violence, designed to spread fear and perpetrated against civilians

11 “START” DATA National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism – University of Maryland Convergence of several databases + new additions from media – What qualifies: Intend to coerce/intimidate/convey message beyond immediate victims Aimed at attaining political/social/religious goal Context outside of legitimate warfare – Almost 100,000 terrorist incidents between 1970 and ,000 bombings, 14,000 assassinations, and 4,700 kidnappings Interactive Chart

12 Thinking about Terrorism Political/Secular vs. Religious Organization and Support Domestic Terrorism Response to Terrorism

13 Political vs. Secular Motivations of terrorists – Those with political agenda may be more selective regarding civilian casualties Logic = the non-believers are all enemies HOWEVER, it is sometimes difficult to separate the religious from the secular Osama Bin Laden and the 9/11 attacks had both a religious and political/secular component

14 Terrorist “Cells” Cell Structure – Chain of command at the top (hierarchy), but operation in smaller, tightly kit “cells” Cells independent of each other, somewhat autonomous Cells have limited or no contact with leaders of terror group – Long history of use Irish Republican Army

15 Types of Terrorism Domestic terrorism – U.S. Left Wing (Weathermen, Eco-Terrorism) Right Wing (Militias, Timothy McVeigh) State terrorism – Against domestic or foreign “enemies” German atrocities against Jews circa WWII Assassination of foreign leaders

16 Terrorism and the Media Scholars have pointed out that there is a natural match – Terrorists depend on media Use event to coerce larger audience: high visibility targets, graphic acts, pre-event contact with media outlets, post-event videos – Media as a natural venue for terrorism Dramatic, violent, visual, timely (vs. wars which are protracted, highly complex…) HIGH RATINGS

17 Response to Terrorism Difficult balance – Aggressive response  detection deterrence – Concern  civil rights, overreaching Examples – USA Patriot Act Warrantless search and seizures, wiretapping, etc. – Global War on Terror Interrogation techniques, use of drones to assasinate, etc.

18 Crimes of the Powerful Organized Crime White Collar Crime – Occupational Crime – Corporate Crime

19 Organized Crime Criminal activity committed by groups with some manner of formalized structure – Primary goal is typically money and power Some ambiguity here – Street gangs versus drug cartels – Terrorist groups

20 Just how organized is it? The Alien Conspiracy Model (foreign criminals) – Highly organized and centralized – Sicilian “Mafia” (La Cosa Nostra) as poster child Mafia code (loyalty, respect, discipline), secret oaths, traditions, etc Local, ethnic group model – Strong family ties and obligations related to kinship and ethnicity Distrust of outsiders and government Capacity for organization and cooperation among groups Ability to cultivate good will of local residents – Influence limited to cities/geographical areas

21 Crimes of the organized Illegal Industries – Gambling, narcotics distribution, loan sharking, extortion, insurance scams, fencing… – Violence associated with enforcement Legitimate industry – Used to launder money + create monopolies + extort Restaurants/food, garbage disposal, garment manufacturing, labor unions, construction… Political – Bribery, fixing elections, coercing agents of criminal justice, etc.

22 The Mafia Mafia is often used as general term – Usually refers to Italian Americans (Sicilian), or La Cosa Nostra (“our thing” in Italian) Fodder for entertainment media (Sopranos, The Godfather, Goodfellas) Famous New York crime families (Gambino, Genovese)] Joseph Valachi testimony (1963) before the Senate – The organization and crime families do exist, but the level of organization often exaggerated – Does “stand apart” because of its pervasiveness, control over illegitimate markets, and penetration into legitimate industry

23 Law Enforcement Methods Headhunting – Target heads of organized crime families, use informants + surveillance to indict – Successful? Fairly successful at knocking off “heads” but still organized crime Organized Crime Control Act (1970) – Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Statutes – Prosecutor ability to provide witness protection

24 The Russian Mafia The new media darling – Law and Order, more recent movies Similar to Italian Mafia Both began by extorting money from fellow immigrants and quickly moved into other areas, and both have reputation for violence Differences – Less cultural/ethnic loyalty, partnerships more opportunistic Fewer “bosses” who collect a cut of illicit ventures, greater flexibility

25 White Collar Crime Edwin Sutherland – “A crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation” Urged criminologists to focus on crimes of the upper class, as opposed to street crime (still an issue today) What is “counted” counts – Sutherland’s study of 70 largest corporations: official records revealed over 980 law violations (fraud, bribery, antitrust) » Much “War Profiteering” A BIT better with NIBRS data, but nowhere near as good as “street crime” data

26 More recent typology of WCC Occupational Crime – Crimes committed by individuals in the course of their occupation for personal gain Theft/embezzlement, medical fraud by physicians, therapist having sex with client… Corporate or Organizational Crime – Crimes committed by corporations (and their executives) for the benefit of the corporation Organizations include small business and blue collar endeavors (auto repair shops)

27 Occupational Crimes Employee embezzlement and pilferage – Collective embezzlement Savings and Loans crime wave in the 1980s (land flips) Professional Fraud – Lawyers, Physicians How many hours to bill clients Unnecessary procedures and surgeries, Medicaid/Medicare fraud

28 Organizational Crime Many organizational crimes are “blue collar” – Auto repair, appliance repair 20/20 and 60 minutes stings – Fraudulent businesses (roofing, blacktop) – Small businesses

29 Corporate Crime Fraud, Cheating, Corruption – The Enron Scandal Not alone—the most egregious of the 1990s/2000s era – Halliburton, WorldCom, Rite Aid, Adelphia… Enron = cooking books to artificially inflate the value of their stocks (overstate earnings, hide losses), manipulation of California’s energy market to drive up costs – Accounting firm (Arthur Anderson) complicit the fraud – 31 people indicted (Jeff Skilling, Ken Lay) – The “Great Recession”? Housing bubble (mortgage industry) + mortgage backed securities + bailout… Housing bubble (mortgage industry) + mortgage backed securities + bailout…

30 Corporate Crime II Other financial – Price Fixing / Collusion (gas prices) – False advertising (bait and switch) Corporate Violence – Unsafe work conditions (miners, asbestos) – Unsafe products (contaminated food) FORD PINTO CASE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY (Dalkon Shield) – Pollution

31 Cost of WCC Cost MUCH higher than street crime – $17 billion vs. roughly $400 billion – 16,000 homicides vs. 100,000 unnecessary deaths

32 What causes WCC? Lenience? – Double standard embedded in culture—not “real” criminals Weak/absent regulations –rely on “ethics” and self- regulation Difficulty in proving crime (complex, good lawyers, lack resources to prosecute) – SEC  over 10 years, 600 cases referred for prosecution, and less than 1/3 resulted in convictions with less than 1/6 resulting in jail or prison time Weak punishment  civil settlements with no admission of wrongdoing – Fines often less than 1% of corporate PROFITS for a year

33 Irony Conservatives cry out for punishment for street crimes, but believe that much corporate “crime” can be cured by self-regulation Liberals decry harsh punishment, especially for non-violent offenders, but believe that WCC could be reduced greatly through prison time – Corporations more “rational” than individuls?

34 Psycho Corporations Psychopaths: – Insensitive, Manipulative, Superficial charm, Above-average intelligence, Absence of psychotic symptoms, Absence of anxiety, Lack of remorse, Failure to learn from experience, Egocentric, Lack of emotional depth – Corporations are not supposed to be compassionate or think of long-term consequences


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