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Dr Roberto Musotto

Post Doctoral Researcher

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2906
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.306b  

Dr Roberto Musotto is Research Fellow in Cybersecurity and Law at the School of Business and Law and at the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC).

Key Research Areas

  • Organised crime
  • Cybercrime
  • Cybersecurity
  • Compliance
  • Ransomwares
  • Booter services
  • Network analysis
  • Commercial law
  • Corporations


Roberto is an Italian-qualified lawyer (Avvocato) with expertise in Serious Crimes and their economic implications, focusing on commercial, corporate and cyber aspects. He uses theory and methods from network science and law & economics. Some areas He investigates include:

  • Contractual mechanisms and corporate structures exploited by criminal organisations in legal and illegal markets;
  • Transnational forms of organised crime and terrorist networks in a changing socio-legal context;
  • Social and spatial network analysis techniques applied on criminal groups, such as the Sicilian Mafia;
  • Linking organised crime to cybercrime, specifically on Booter Services (Stressers), Ransomwares and Crypto-currencies.

Until August 2019, he conducted his research at the School of Law, University of Leeds, UK, under the 3.5 million Euro Horizon 2020 TAKEDOWN project. His work aimed at achieving a better understanding of organised crime and terror networks in offline and online dimensions, exploring their nexus and providing policy solutions for dismantling illicit groups operating in the cybercrime world. More information about the project itself and results are on the website:

Roberto holds a PhD in Economics, awarded in 2017, from the Università degli Studi di Messina, Italy, where He researched on economic, legal and social implications of organised crime, by using spatial and social network analysis, showing how behavioral patterns, geography and criminal structures correlate and cluster in the Sicilian Mafia. Having been one of the youngest of the 2015 intake to pass the Bar exam in Sicily, He has been trained by multiple lawyers around the world including a previous President of the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation. He also holds a Laurea Magistrale (LLB+LLM) from the Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy, awarded in 2012 with 110/110 cum laude. He has been awarded in 2008 a BMus in Music Composition from Conservatorio Vincenzo Bellini, Italy, and a Yachtmaster Offshore (theory) in 2019 by the UK Royal Yachting Association.

Roberto is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, devoting his teaching to the success of students.

He is available to be contacted by the media to discuss about his research and current world and Australian news.

Theme Two: Society and Culture; Commercial Law, Corporations

Theme Four: Securing Digital Futures; Critical infrastructure, cyber- enabled crime, digital citizenship and human behaviour and Information warfare.

University Awards:

  • 2017 – Impact Fund, University of Leeds, $3,575.4 (AUD)
  • 2017 – Strategic Development Grant, University of Leeds, $9,392.28 (AUD)

Other Awards:

  • 2019 – Sir Michael Sadler Fund, University of Leeds, $3,575.4 (AUD)
  • 2011 – Master’s Degree Thesis, Universit√† degli Studi di Palermo, $4319.79 (AUD
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Higher Education Academy
  • Association of South-East Asian Studies
  • British-Italian Legal Association
  • London Shipping Law Centre Young Maritime Professionals
  • Royal Yacht Association
  • Free Representation Unit
  • AGIUS Young Sicilian Lawyers Association
  • Italian
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Lithuanian


  • Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Economic Sciences, Italy, 2017.

Research Outputs

Book Chapters

Journal Articles

  • Musotto, R., Wall, D. (2020). More Amazon than Mafia: analysing a DDoS stresser service as organised cybercrime. Trends in Organized Crime, 2020(Article in press), 19p..

Book Chapters

  • Musotto, R., Wall, D. (2019). The online crime-terror nexus: Using booter services (stressers) to weaponize data?. Organised Crime and Terrorist Networks (42-59). Routledge.

Book Chapters

  • Morabito, G., Di Fatta, D., D'aleo, V., Musotto, R., Vesperi, W. (2018). Maritime Piracy in Southeast Asia: Consequences on Economic and Political Integration. Establishing Food Security and Alternatives to International Trade in Emerging Economies (119-134). IGI Global.

Book Chapters

  • Di Fatta, D., Musotto, R., D'aleo, V., Vesperi, W., Morabito, G., Lo Bue, S. (2017). Weak Ties and Value of a Network in the New Internet Economy. Social Media Data Extraction and Content Analysis (66-84). IGI Global.
  • Di Fatta, D., Musotto, R. (2017). Content and Sentiment Analysis on Online Social Networks (OSNs). Data Analytics in Digital Humanities (121-133). Springer.
  • D'aleo, V., Morabito, G., Vesperi, W., Musotto, R., Di Fatta, D., Lo Bue, S. (2017). Abenomics and Active Pacifism: How Abe's Age Influenced the International Business. Corporate Espionage, Geopolitics, and Diplomacy Issues in International Business (13-32). IGI Global.
  • Musotto, R., Di Fatta, D., Vesperi, W., Morabito, G., D'aleo, V., Lo Bue, S. (2017). Managing Organized Crime. Strategic Human Capital Development and Management in Emerging Economies (41-58). IGI Global.

Journal Articles

  • Di Fatta, D., Musotto, R., Vesperi, W. (2016). Analyzing E-Commerce Websites: A Quali-Quantitive Approach for the User Perceived Web Quality (UPWQ). International Journal of Marketing Studies, 8(6), 33-44.

Conference Publications

  • Di Fatta, D., Musotto, R., Vesperi, W. (2016). Government Performance, Ethics and Corruption: Statistical Research Based on the Global Competetiveness Index. Governing Business Systems Theories and Challenges for Systems Thinking in Practice (141-151). Springer.

Research Projects

  • Law & Policy, Cyber Security Research Centre Ltd, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2019 ‑ 2021, $362,057.
  • Scenario Methodology for Assessing Defence Capability Against Information Warfare Threats, Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence, Modelling Complex Warfighting, 2020 ‑ 2021, $100,000.
  • Drone Policy Review and Forensic Handbook, Cyber Security Research Centre Ltd, Summer Scholarship, 2019 ‑ 2020, $10,700.
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