Entertaining Whilst Defacing Websites: Psychological Games for Hackers

Ashish K Das, Quynh Thi Nguyen, Susan Thomas
Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology  •  Volume 14  •  2017  •  pp. 219-227
Aim/Purpose: This study aims to investigate various characteristics from both victims as defaced websites and defacers that linked to a risk of being defaced through a set of descriptive analysis.

Background: The current figures from a spectrum of sources, both academic and non-academic reports, proved a progressive increase of website defacement attacks to numerous organisations.

Methodology: This study obtains a set of data from Zone-H site, which is accessible to the public, including 99,437 defaced websites. The descriptive analysis is applied in order to understand the motives of defacers and the probability of website re-defacements through the statistical investigation.

Findings: The motives for defacing websites are driven mainly due to entertaining reasons. This in turn has an implication on the type of techniques defacers attack websites.
defacement, re-defacement, entertainment and defacer
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