Tracking COVID cybercrime and abuse

  • Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Total publications:1 publications

Grant number: EP/V026178/1

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Key facts

  • Disease

  • Start & end year

  • Known Financial Commitments (USD)

  • Funder

    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    United Kingdom, Europe
  • Lead Research Institution

    University of Cambridge
  • Research Category

    Secondary impacts of disease, response & control measures

  • Research Subcategory

    Social impacts

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  • Broad Policy Alignment


  • Age Group

    Not Applicable

  • Vulnerable Population

    Not applicable

  • Occupations of Interest

    Not applicable


Around half of all acquisitive crime was already online before the start of the pandemic; it is now surging as many human activities move online chaotically, and cybercriminals adapt to the opportunities. This project will collect data at scale about online criminality, quickly enough to fetch malicious material before it is removed. We will not work alone but will promptly provide datasets to other researchers, and collaborate to create better analysis tools, analyse offender behaviour, and monitor the effectiveness of police and industry response. Our Cambridge Cybercrime Centre already collects data from underground forums, spam feeds, and industry partners, but we will ensure that pandemic related cybercrime Is prioritised and new datasets collected about online abuse and extremist views, such as anti-vaxxers. To scale up our work, we need to maintain and expand our network of honeypots and other sensors; extend our server cluster; scrape dozens more underground forums; and extend our collection of chat channels and illicit marketplaces - which are often found on Tor hidden services. We have an established ethical framework for data collection and a straightforward legal framework for data sharing, but a current bottleneck is that non-technical users can be swamped by what we provide, so we need to develop NLP tools to enable easier analysis of the data by researchers from other disciplines. We will also do our own analysis, for research to identify opportunities for law enforcement action, and to measure the effectiveness of responses by law enforcement and industry.

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