Approaches to understanding the motivations behind cyber attacks

Kumar, S and Carley, K M (2016) Approaches to understanding the motivations behind cyber attacks. In: 2016 IEEE Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics.

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Cyber-attacks appear to have grown in the past few years. Many policy changes have been made to control them, however, a clear path to a safe and secure cyber world is not visible. A mere technical view to confront the cyber-attacks could be futile if motivations behind attacks are not understood. To understand the motives behind cyber-attacks, we look at cyber-attacks as societal events associated with social, economic, cultural and political factors. To find factors that encourage unsafe cyber activities, we build a network of aggregate country-to-country cyber-attacks, and compare the network with other country-to-country networks. In particular, we use variable correlation and network correlation (QAP) to examine the relevance of factors like income difference, alliance-hostility, internet penetration, and corruption. We observe that higher corruption and a large internet bandwidth favors attacks origination. We also find that countries with higher Per-capita-GDP and better Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) infrastructure are targeted more often.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: The research article was published by the author with the affiliation of Carnegie Mellon University
Subjects: Information Systems
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2023 17:42
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2023 17:42

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