Psychological And Cultural Behavioral Traits : Yahoo Cybersecurity Attack Actors
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C. Psychological and Cultural Behavioral Traits in Yahoo Cybersecurity Attack Actors
Aforementioned, it’s unclear what cultural or identified behavioral influences contributed to the Yahoo malvertising incident as the perpetrators weren’t publically identified. Culturally, crime rates are closely linked to the lack of financial opportunities. (Kshetri, 2010). In general, there are psychological and sociological drivers of cybercrime. Malvertising is a prevalent anonymous threat and to understand a person’s intention and motivation one must first analyze their psychological background and social environment. The attackers, also known as unethical or black hat hackers, are thrill seekers who break into systems to satisfy their inquisitiveness, they’re intrigued by the challenge of knowing they “can” infiltrate a system thereupon emerging their technical skills. (Fötinger & Ziegler, 2004). Sometimes, when they meet their challenge it intensifies into addiction where other factors come into play such as financial gain.
Common behavioral traits of these attackers is that they minimize or miscomprehend the ramifications of their activity, rationalizing that their service is really a benefit to the organization because they could identify security loop holes. (Fötinger & Ziegler, 2004). It’s important to note that not all hackers are criminals, there’s a group of ethical or white hat hackers that execute pre-approved attacks for the good of the security landscape of the