Why do many in the computer community oppose the use of “hacker” to describe cybercriminals? Can a meaningful distinction be drawn between hacking and cracking? What kind of hacking can be justified on either legal or ethical grounds?
Topic: Organized Crime
For this assignment you will post your answers to the questions in each thread prior to 11:55 p.m. ET on Wednesday. You are required to respond to at least two of your classmates post by 11:55 on Sunday. Please do not be late with this post because your classmates will be relying on you to post on time. Your follow-up posts can add additional insight to a classmate’s opinions or can challenge their opinions. Use examples from the readings, or from your own research, to support your views, as appropriate. For your follow-up posts this week, you may wish to visit a couple of the web sites contributed by your classmates and share your opinion of these sites with the class. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification. You are encouraged to conduct research and use other sources to support your answers. Be sure to list your references at the end of your post. References must be in APA citation format. All posts must be a minimum of 450 words. All follow-up posts to your classmates must be a minimum of 200 words for each required post. Peer responses will not be accepted after the due date.
1. Why do many in the computer community oppose the use of “hacker” to describe cybercriminals?
Can a meaningful distinction be drawn between hacking and cracking? What kind of hacking can be justified on either legal or ethical grounds?
2. Research the Pirate Bay Trial: Guilty Verdict http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/apr/17/the-pirate-bay-trial-guilty-verdict.
What implications does the conviction of the four cofounders of the Pirate Bay Web site in 2009 have for international attempts to prosecute intellectual property crimes globally? Should the four men also have been required to stand trial in all of the countries in which copyrighted material had been downloaded from their Web site? Will the outcome of the Pirate Bay trial likely deter entrepreneurs, worldwide, from setting up future P2P sites that allow the illicit file sharing of copyrighted material? What is your opinion of the case.
Forum Grading Rubric (100 Points)Synthesis of Concepts55Clear Citations using APA format10Writing Standards10Peer Reviews (minimum of 2) – Responses posted after the current week will not be accepted25Timeliness – 10% penalty per week for late work