Cybercrime: Exploring domain name crime

T. Krone

University of Canberra,

Cybercrime is often divided into three categories of target, tool or incidental offences. These categories apply depending on whether a computer is the target of a crime; a computer is used as a tool to commit a crime; or computer use is merely incidental to the commission of a crime.

This paper discusses the concept of domain name crime which involves criminal misuse of the domain name system. This draws attention to Internet governance lying beyond state control as well as the multi-levelled complexity hidden in the apparently simple act of connecting to the internet.

Cybercrime has proven be resistant to state-level regulatory regimes.  Focusing on domain name crime offers a new perspective based on the regulatory architecture of the Internet to better define, understand and respond to cybercrime.


Tony Krone is Justice Studies convenor at the University of Canberra. He has actively researched and written on cybercrime issues, particularly online sexual exploitation of children. Tony has worked in practice as a criminal lawyer and legal policy advisor to government.