Information Exchange Paths In IRC Hacking Chat Rooms
Décary-Hétu, David. (2013). “Information Exchange Paths In IRC Hacking Chat Rooms.” IN Morselli, Carlo. (ed.). Crime And Networks. London, UK: Routledge.
To socialize with like-minded individuals, offenders used to visit the local taverns where they could drink beers and learn a trick or two about their criminal trade. In the digital age, web pages, forums and online chat rooms have replaced local taverns. Cybercriminals can now find detailed online tutorials that teach them anything they could ever need on denial of service attacks, software piracy and credentials hijacking. Forums and chat rooms provide an environment where hackers can meet and casually discuss their problems and look for mentors or co-delinquents. These web 2.0 “taverns” are where social interactions are now happening and have proven to be rich environment for academic research. The aim of this paper will be to understand how hackers in the computer underground interact with each other and build their own personal networks. Information can either be shared by posting it publicly on forums, websites and blogs or by socializing with others through online communications. This paper will focus on the latter and examine not what information is exchanged but how it is exchanged. In order to do so, we will look at the personal social networks of hackers and build two partial correlation models that explain how individuals can maximize the amount and diversity of information they gather. Mentoring and social learning theory will be used as the theoretical framework of this paper.
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