Existing theories assume that offenders make rational decisions, but these theories have rarely been tested experimentally. This project uses ‘honey accounts’, online accounts that have deliberately been rendered vulnerable to hacking, to allow an experimental investigation of cybercriminals’ behavior.
Why would anyone engage in risky business with a total stranger? In this project, we analyze how criminals cooperate on Dark Web markets and forums. We use rational choice and game theoretical explanations of individual trust and study effects of reputation, information diffusion and rule enforcement on exchanges in Dark Web criminal networks.