Exploring Criminal Traits of Online Offenders

D. Kall Loper, University of North Texas

This paper is a report on a content analysis of randomly selected online chat text data associated with computer hackers/crackers. The results of the content analysis serve to identify in indicators and patterns of criminal, deviant, and non-deviant behaviors and attitudes of computer hackers/crackers. Study results confirm, re-characterize, or reject prior assertions about hacker/cracker subculture traits based primarily on prior non-empirical research.

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