Book: Corporate Hacking and Technology-Driven Crime: Social Dynamics and Implications
Publisher: IGI Global
This book takes a novel approach to the presentation and understanding of a controversial topic in
modern-day society: hacking. The term hacker was originally used to denote positively-motivated individuals
wanting to stretch the capabilities of computers and networks. In contrast, the term cracker was
a later version of the term, used to denote negatively-motivated individuals wanting to take advantage
of computers and networks’ vulnerabilities to cause harm to property or persons, or to personally gain
financially. Most of what the public knows about hackers comes from the media—who tend to emphasize
the cracker side in many journalistic pieces. In the academic domain, content experts from computer
science, criminology, or psychology are often called in to assess individuals caught and convicted of
computer-related crimes—and their findings are sometimes published as case studies.
In an age when computer crime is growing at a exponential rate and on a global scale, industry and
government leaders are crying out for answers from the academic and IT Security fields to keep cyber
crime in check—and to, one day, be ahead of the “cyber criminal curve” rather than have to react to it.
After all, the safety and security of nations’ critical infrastructures and their citizens are at risk, as are
companies’ reputations and profitable futures. According to 2009 Computer Security Institute report, the
average loss due to IT security incidents per company exceeds the $230,000 mark for the U.S., alone.
Given the 2009 financial crisis worldwide, a looming fear among IT Security experts is that desperate
times feed desperate crimes, including those in the virtual world—driving the cost factor for network
In an age when computer crime is growing at a exponential rate and on a global scale, industry and government leaders are increasingly reliant upon answers from the academic and IT Security fields in order to keep cyber crime in check, and be ahead of the cyber criminal curve. Corporate Hacking and Technology-Driven Crime: Social Dynamics and Implications addresses various aspects of hacking and technology-driven crime, including the ability to understand computer-based threats, identify and examine attack dynamics, and find solutions. Including findings from experts in Criminal Justice, Business, and Information Technology Security from around the world, this book presents current research undertakings and findings in order to find interdisciplinary solutions to the complex domain of cyber crime and network breaches.