Hackers: Crime in the Digital Sublime

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Computers - 198 pages
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The practice of computer hacking is increasingly being viewed as a major security dilemma in Western societies, by governments and security experts alike.
Using a wealth of material taken from interviews with a wide range of interested parties such as computer scientists, security experts and hackers themselves, Paul Taylor provides a uniquely revealing and richly sourced account of the debates that surround this controversial practice. By doing so, he reveals the dangers inherent in the extremes of conciliation and antagonism with which society reacts to hacking and argues that a new middle way must be found if we are to make the most of society's high-tech meddlers.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Them and us
13
2 Hacking culture
25
3 The motivations of hackers
45
4 State of the industry
67
5 Them and us
93
6 The professionalisation process
115
7 The construction of computer ethics
137
8 Conclusion
161
Appendix
179
Notes
183
Bibliography
189
Index
197
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Paul Taylor is lecturer in sociology at the University of Salford

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