The topology of dark networks

Jennifer Xu, Hsinchun Chen

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A study was conducted to understand the network structure and activities of criminal or terrorist networks or dark networks. The study topological properties of these dark networks to understand the structural properties of dark networks. The topological analysis determine the statistical characteristics of large network structure. The study found that these large networks can be divided into three groups that are, random, small-world, and scale free. The study also found that the dark network was build from open-source data, transcripts of court proceedings and press, and web articles. The study observed that the networks has many isolated components and a single giant component. The study also observed that the criminal and terrorists are able to connect with any other member in a network through few mediators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-65
Number of pages8
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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