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The faces behind digital crime and cyberterrorism

Topic: Social Science
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Sunday, October 30, 2016 -
8:30am to 9:30am
Iberian, Omni la Mansión

Digital crime and cyberespionage have become almost daily news. Networks of cybercriminals and cyberspies are not only taking a serious financial toll on many companies and financial institutions, but are now also threatening national security and possibly meddling in the US election.

While information-security professionals work around the clock to repair vulnerabilities and sweep intruders out of commercial organizations, government servers and national critical infrastructure, the question arises: Who are these inhabitants of what Nature called a "vast criminal underground"? What motivates them, and what might turn an everyday hacker into a cyberterrorist? Max Kilger has spent the last 15 years exploring the psychology and social dynamics of these actors and he will give us a rare look into these communities as well as give us a forecast of what emerging threats we may face.

Social media hashtag: #blackhats


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