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Assessing police topological efficiency in a major sting operation on the dark web

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dc.contributor.author da Cunha, Bruno Requião
dc.contributor.author MacCarron, Pádraig
dc.contributor.author Passold, Jean Fernando
dc.contributor.author dos Santos, Luiz Walmocyr
dc.contributor.author Oliveira, Kleber A.
dc.contributor.author Gleeson, James P.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-13T14:54:42Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-13T14:54:42Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/8521
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The networked nature of criminals using the dark web is poorly understood and infrequently studied, mostly due to a lack of data. Rarer still are studies on the topological effectiveness of police interventions. Between 2014 and 2016, the Brazilian Federal Police raided a child pornography ring acting inside the dark web. With these data, we build a topic-view network and compare network disruption strategies with the real police work. Only 7.4% of the forum users share relevant content, and the topological features of this core differ markedly from other clandestine networks. Approximately 60% of the core users need to be targeted to fully break the network connectivity, while the real effect of the arrests was similar to random failure. Despite this topological robustness, the overall “viewership network” was still well disrupted by the arrests, because only 10 users contributed to almost 1/3 of the total post views and 8 of these were apprehended. Moreover, the users who were arrested provided a total of 60% of the viewed content. These results indicate that for similar online systems, aiming at the users that concentrate the views may lead to more efficient police interventions than focusing on the overall connectivity. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation 802421 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Scientific Reports;10:73
dc.subject police topological en_US
dc.subject dark web en_US
dc.subject criminals en_US
dc.title Assessing police topological efficiency in a major sting operation on the dark web en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1038/s41598-019-56704-4
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor ERC en_US
dc.relation.projectid 16/IA/4470 en_US
dc.relation.projectid 12/RC/2289P2 en_US
dc.relation.projectid 802421 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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