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Online Hacker Forum Censorship: Would Banning the Bad Guys Attract Good Guys?

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Title: Online Hacker Forum Censorship: Would Banning the Bad Guys Attract Good Guys?
Authors: Wang, Qiu-Hong
Zhang, Le-Ting
Qiao, Meng-Ke
Keywords: Content Analysis
Internet Censorship
Information Security
Online Forum.
Issue Date: 04 Jan 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.
Pages/Duration: 10 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9981331-0-2
DOI: 10.24251/HICSS.2017.677
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Appears in Collections:Strategy, Information, Technology, Economics, and Society (SITES) Minitrack

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