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Examining Hacktivism: Crime and Punishment in the Digital Age - Bill Gardner/Kim DeTardo-Bora/Amanda Richards AIDE 2015 (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

Examining Hacktivism: Crime and Punishment in the Digital Age
Bill Gardner/Kim DeTardo-Bora/Amanda Richards

 

Abstract: Little to no research has been conducted about how the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (18 U.S.C. § 1030) has been used to charge those who have committed computer crimes, especially among the hacktivist group, Anonymous. This presentation will cover the results of our study, which examined seven “operations” (i.e., Chanology (2008), Operation Payback (2010), Operation Paypal (2010), HBGary Federal (2010), Op Sony (2011), Stratfor (2011), and Operation Last Resort (2012-2013), and each of the members of Anonymous who were charged with this federal statute.

Bio: Kimberly A. DeTardo-Bora is a Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Marshall University where she serves as both undergraduate and graduate program director. She obtained her Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Her most recent endeavor has been exploring the world of “hacktivists.” In Fall 2014, she presented a paper titled, “Peering into Hacktivism: The Search for a Criminological Lens” with co-authors Bill Gardner and Amanda Richards. Besides a book titled, West Virginia’s Criminal Justice Systempublished with co-authors Dhruba Bora and Samuel Dameron, Dr. DeTardo-Bora’s research has been published in scholarly venues such as Action Research, Corrections Compendium, Security Journal, and Women and Criminal Justice.

Bill Gardner is an Assistant Professor at Marshall University, where he teaches in the Digital Forensic and Information Assurance Program. He is also President and Principal Security Consultant at BlackRock Consulting, and the Information Security Chair at the Appalachian Institute of Digital Evidence. Prior to joining the faculty at Marshall, Bill co-founded the 304Geek and Hack3rCon. Bill is the coauthor of "Building an Information Security Awareness Program: Defending Against Social Engineering and Technical Threats" with Valerie Thomas, which was published in August.

Amanda Richards is a graduate student in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Program at Marshall University.
 

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