The world has considerably changed since the days of lone hackers motivated by intellectual curiosity. Nowadays, most security attacks are primarily conducted by financial-motivated actors.

Sample Instructor(s)


3 hours or 6 hours


Yes, this course can be tailored towards professionals with more of a technology background, or more of a policy background. The 3-hour version of the course will provide a high-level overview and focus on a subset of course topics, while the 6-hour version will cover all listed topics and include interactive activities for hands-on learning.

In-Person or Remote

Remote, in-person, and pre-recorded sections, hybrid.

Intended Audience

This course is appropriate for professionals working in either technology or policy.


To get a sound understanding of how online crime actors operate in the 21st century, both in terms of attacker monetization models and criminal “supply chains,” as well as some of the behavioral aspects that make victims more likely to fall prey to these attacks.

Course topics

  • Basics of the online crime ecosystem
  • Case study: One-click fraud in Japan
  • Case study: Pharmaceutical goods and SEO
  • Online anonymous (dark web) markets
  • Rational vs behavioral economics, psychological issues
  • Extract the main characteristics of online criminal activity
  • Discuss the main user weaknesses
  • Look at some behavioral tricks used by fraudsters – phishing


A basic understanding of IT or CS strongly recommended. 


Copies of presentations and relevant papers will be provided to participants.

Contact us

To learn about our custom programs and any upcoming open enrollments, reach out to Michael Lisanti.