This collection explores organized crime and terror networks and the points at which they intersect. It analyses the close relationships between these criminalities, the prevalence and ambiguity of this nexus, the technological elements facilitating it, and the financial aspects embedded in this criminal partnership.

Organized Crime and Terrorist Networks is the outcome of empirical research, seminars, workshops and interviews carried out by a multinational consortium of researchers within ‘TAKEDOWN’, a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission. The consortium’s objective was to examine the perspectives, requirements and misgivings of front-line practitioners operating in the areas of organized crime and terrorism. The chapters collected in this volume are the outcome of such analytical efforts. The topics addressed include the role of Information and Communication Technology in contemporary criminal organizations, terrorism financing, online transnational criminality, identity crime, the crime-terror nexus and tackling the nexus at supranational level.

This book offers a compelling contribution to scholarship on organized crime and terrorism, and considers possible directions for future research. It will be of much interest to students and researchers engaged in studies of criminology, criminal justice, crime control and prevention, organized crime, terrorism, political violence, and cybercrime.

chapter 1|7 pages


ByVincenzo Ruggiero

chapter 2|18 pages

Organized crime and terrorist networks

ByVincenzo Ruggiero

chapter 3|16 pages


On the crime-terror nexus
ByVincenzo Ruggiero

chapter 4|18 pages

The online crime-terror nexus

Using booter services (stressers) to weaponize data? 1
ByRoberto Musotto, David S. Wall

chapter 5|18 pages

The role of information and communication technology (ICT) in modern criminal organizations

ByAndrea Tundis, Max Mühlhäuser

chapter 6|22 pages

The rise of low-tech terrorist attacks in Europe

ByAndrew Monaghan

chapter 8|24 pages

Understanding the crime-terrorism nexus through a dynamic modelling approach

ByFlorian Huber, Bernhard Jäger, Ido Erev, Doron Cohen, Sergio Bianchi, Matteo E. Bonfanti

chapter 10|25 pages

Tackling the nexus at the supranational level

ByMatteo E. Bonfanti, Lukas Meyer-Daetsch

chapter 11|21 pages

Identity crime in the UK

ByAida Fazely