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Hacktivism: a theoretical and empirical exploration of China’s cyber warriors

Hacktivism: a theoretical and empirical exploration of China’s cyber warriors
Hacktivism: a theoretical and empirical exploration of China’s cyber warriors
China is frequently reported as the source of many politically motivated cyber-attacks. Yet, there have been very few studies on the people behind such attacks, also known as hacktivists. In this paper, we have taken a step back and studied some of the reasons behind the rise of freelance hacktivism emanating from China. Using various criminological theories, as well as political and sociological approaches, we propose a novel theoretical framework behind Chinese hacktivism. Furthermore, we present an empirical analysis on the membership growth patterns of online Chinese hacktivist forums and use the observed patterns to support our proposed framework.
Hacktivism, National Humiliation, Ressentiment, Relative Deprivation, China
Yip, Michael
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Webber, Craig
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Yip, Michael
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Webber, Craig
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Yip, Michael and Webber, Craig (2011) Hacktivism: a theoretical and empirical exploration of China’s cyber warriors. ACM WebSci '11, Koblenz, Germany. 14 - 17 Jun 2011.

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China is frequently reported as the source of many politically motivated cyber-attacks. Yet, there have been very few studies on the people behind such attacks, also known as hacktivists. In this paper, we have taken a step back and studied some of the reasons behind the rise of freelance hacktivism emanating from China. Using various criminological theories, as well as political and sociological approaches, we propose a novel theoretical framework behind Chinese hacktivism. Furthermore, we present an empirical analysis on the membership growth patterns of online Chinese hacktivist forums and use the observed patterns to support our proposed framework.

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Published date: 14 June 2011
Additional Information: Event Dates: 14-17 June 2011
Venue - Dates: ACM WebSci '11, Koblenz, Germany, 2011-06-14 - 2011-06-17
Keywords: Hacktivism, National Humiliation, Ressentiment, Relative Deprivation, China
Organisations: Web & Internet Science, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 272350
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/272350
PURE UUID: 0c8adab1-55cb-4f16-b986-431d083ae63a

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Date deposited: 27 May 2011 00:33
Last modified: 06 Mar 2019 17:31

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Author: Michael Yip
Author: Craig Webber

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