Roberto Musotto

Roberto Musotto

Research Fellow in Cyber Security and Law, Edith Cowan University
I am an Italian-qualified lawyer (Avvocato) with expertise in serious crimes commercial and cyber aspects. I use theory and methods from network science and law & economics in my research.

I hold a PhD in Economics from Università degli Studi di Messina 2017 and a Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza (LLB+LLM) from Università degli Studi di Palermo 2007-2012.

Some areas of law & economics I investigate include:

- Contractual mechanisms and corporate structures exploited by criminal organisations in legal and illegal markets
- Transnational forms of organised crime and terrorist networks in a changing socio-legal context
- Social and spatial network analysis techniques applied on criminal groups
- Linking organised crime to cybercrime, specifically on Booter Services (Stressers), Ransomwares and Crypto-currencies

Until August 2019, I conducted my research under the 3.5 million Euro Horizon 2020 TAKEDOWN project at the University of Leeds, UK. More information about the project itself and results are on the website:

I published my works in acclaimed peer-reviewed academic journals, details of which can be found on my Google Scholar page:

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Jun 03, 2020 14:55 pm UTC| Investing

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Ransomware attack on sheep farmers shows there's no room for woolly thinking in cyber security

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Hackers are now targeting councils and governments, threatening to leak citizen data

Nov 11, 2019 09:19 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

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Joe Biden shock: Ex-VP says Donald Trump has 'surrendered' to the coronavirus pandemic as the number of cases rise

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Melania Trump revelation: Wife of publisher served in an unpaid advisory role to FLOTUS

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Barack Obama’s 25-minute phone call to George Floyd’s family was emotional, Al Sharpton confirms

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Author says 2,400-year old coin artifact may be proof that Atlantis is real

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Asteroids: How an asteroid that killed the dinosaurs could trigger an apocalyptic event today

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