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Abstract

This paper explores the creation and evolution of organized crime as a concept within the United States. The paper argues that traditional definitions are both incomplete and inaccurate due primarily to their reliance on La Cosa Nostra (i.e. Italian mafia) models and inflexibility. The author proposes the introduction of a new definition, and distinguishes between computer crime committed by organized crime groups and organized criminal activity in a technological environment. In addition, a distinction is made between organized crime and cyber-gangs. Finally, the author discusses specific examples of computer crime committed by criminal syndicates.