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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 31 October 2011 - 06:39 PM

Unmasking the criminal hacker

By Ken Hess | October 31, 2011, 7:58am PDT

Summary: Is there a Hacker Gene? Is the hacker personality a learned set of behaviors? Research suggests that both are at work.

Identifying criminal hackers is no easy task even for the most gifted white hats. And, while we can?t readily match a name or names to specific criminal compromises, there are things we can know about those behind the masks. It?s often easy enough to identify the hacker?s country of origin, the tools he used, the hacker?s style and his skill level. But, what about finding the actual person or persons behind the masks? That?s becoming easier too because of our observations of the personality types involved in these activities.

Over the past several weeks, I?ve spoken with several security professionals, hackers and a psychiatrist about the criminal hacker, his goals and his personality. My research has lead me down an interesting and enlightening path into the minds of the world?s cybercriminals.

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