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Hacktivism: a Theoretical and Empirical Exploration of China's Cyber Warriors

Yip, Michael and Webber, Craig (2011) Hacktivism: a Theoretical and Empirical Exploration of China's Cyber Warriors. pp. 1-8. In: Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11, June 14-17 2011, Koblenz, Germany.

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China is frequently reported as the source of many politically motivated cyber-attacks. Yet, there have been very few studies on the people behind such attacks, also known as hacktivists. In this paper, we have taken a step back and studied some of the reasons behind the rise of freelance hacktivism emanating from China. Using various criminological theories, as well as political and sociological approaches, we propose a novel theoretical framework behind Chinese hacktivism. Furthermore, we present an empirical analysis on the membership growth patterns of online Chinese hacktivist forums and use the observed patterns to support our proposed framework

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Web Science Comments:WebSci Conference 2011
Subjects:WS1 Computer Science
WS3 Web Engineering > WS34 Security
Web Science Events > Web Science 2011
ID Code:456
Deposited By: Lisa Sugiura
Deposited On:07 Jun 2011 16:45
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 17:12

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