From underground hacking to ethical hacking

Peacock, Donna (2013) From underground hacking to ethical hacking. Doctoral thesis, Northumbria University.

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Abstract

This Thesis explores the nature and practice of ‘Ethical Hacking’. Ethical Hackers are individuals who use hacking skills, knowledge and techniques within legitimate authorised practice; they are employed to Hack.
A Critical Realist methodological approach is employed in order to gain a qualitative understanding of a real phenomenon through a range of key informants who provide personal narratives within semi-structured interviews, commenting upon their own realities, and their perceptions of the field in which they work.
A Bounded Rational Model of decision making reveals that decisions relating to involvement in criminality and individual Hacking events are made through a process of reasoning, of approximating the net gains and losses of a particular course of action, and that these decisions are ‘bounded’ by social norms, ethical approaches and the personal motivations and social circumstances within which the decisions and behaviour are framed.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical realism, rational choice, cybercrime, cyberspace law, decision making
Subjects: G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
University Services > Graduate School > Doctor of Philosophy
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 13:19
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2017 00:42
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/32285

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