Conference Proceeding Article
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.
Internet censorship, Hacker forum, Cyber security, Text mining
Information Systems and Management
Proceedings of the 50th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
City or Country
QIU-HONG WANG; ZHANG, Le-Ting; and QIAO, Meng-Ke.
Online hacker forum censorship: Would banning the bad guys attract good guys?. (2017). Proceedings of the 50th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. 5619-5628. Research Collection School Of Information Systems.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/sis_research/3421
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