Members of MC2 Explore Criminological Insights in Cyber Attacks

At the University of Maryland’s Cybersecurity Center (MC2), Michel Cukier, an engineering
professor, and David Maimon, a professor in criminology and criminal justice, evaluate how cyber attackers and regular crooks are alike. The purpose of Cukier and Maimon’s research was to determine ways to enhance cyber security, on and off campus, by analyzing certain criminal behavior. The results of their research proposed that being educated about computer crimes and predicting the source of attacks could reduce the rate of cybercrime.

Cyber criminals are motivated by money (Nachreiner, 2013) and can range from small groups to large organizations. Cyber attackers can steal people’s private information and sell it by initially exploiting computer systems, enterprises and networks (techopedia, 2015). Cukier and Maimon found that cyberattackers are more likely carry out this process during the day at business hours due to the convenience of “motivated offenders, suitable victims, and the absence of capable guardians” (UMIACS, 2011). The researchers also declare that certain networks, such as free, public Wi-Fi networks (Woollaston, 2015), are more susceptible to attacks.

UMIACS. "Researchers Explore How Cyber-Attackers Think Like Regular Crooks" Maryland Cybersecurity Center (2015).
Techopedia Staff. "Cyberattack" Techopedia (2015).
Woollaston, Victora. "Hacking Wi-Fi is child's play! 7-year-old shows how easy it is to break into a public network in less than 11 MINUTES" Daily Mail UK (2015).

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