Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

1-2017

Abstract

To tackle the ubiquitous cybersecurity threats, a few countries have enacted legislation to criminalize the production, distribution and possession of computer misuse tools. Consequently, online hacker forums, which enable the provision and dissemination of malicious cyber-attack techniques among potential hackers or technology-savvy users, are subject to censorship. This project examines the mixed impacts of online hacker forum censorship on users’ contribution to protection discussion through a natural experiment with large-scale content analysis. We find that while the enforcement indeed reduced the discussion on malicious cyber-attacks, the discussion on cybersecurity protection could increase or decrease in different scenarios. The rationale is that while the online hacker forum censorship imposes risk to the discussion of malicious attacks, it also reduces the potential benefit from discussing protection issues. Policy implications are discussed.

Keywords

Internet censorship, Hacker forum, Cyber security, Text mining

Discipline

Information Security

Research Areas

Information Systems and Management

Publication

Proceedings of the 50th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

First Page

5619

Last Page

5628

ISBN

978-0-9981331-0-2

City or Country

Hawaii

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10125/41840

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