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China and CybersecurityEspionage, Strategy, and Politics in the Digital Domain$
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Jon R. Lindsay, Tai Ming Cheung, and Derek S. Reveron

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190201265

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190201265.001.0001

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Investigating the Chinese Online Underground Economy

Investigating the Chinese Online Underground Economy

(p.87) Chapter 4 Investigating the Chinese Online Underground Economy
China and Cybersecurity

Zhuge Jianwei

Gu Lion

Duan Haixin

Taylor Roberts

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a detailed, empirical, structural investigation of the Chinese online underground economy. It estimates that the overall damage from the online underground economy has exceeded RMB 5.36 billion (USD 852 million), and that the measured number of the participants of underground markets was more than 90,000 in 2011. First it identifies the existing literature on online underground economies both within China and globally. It then introduces a structural analysis of the Chinese online underground economy, particularly of four distinct value chains. The section following the structural analysis presents the methods and results of an empirical data analysis. The chapter closes with a discussion of the findings and conclusions, and suggests that improved monitoring of online underground markets could be used to support the investigation of cybercrime cases more effectively.

Keywords:   cybercrime, underground economy, economic value chain, empirical measurement, China

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