MDST110 Electronic Coursebook for Students
Information Technology and Digital Media Studies
Prof. David Golumbia
University of Virginia
Fall 2004
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24. Hacking, "Cyberterrorism," and Viruses

Mon Dec 6, 2004

In-depth discussion of the concept of hacking, including both positive and pejorative senses. A discussion of hacktivism. An examination of the notion of "cyberterrorism" and its representational politics. Important moments in hacking and virus history. A discussion of the culture and history of computer viruses (or more generally malware), as well as worms, trojan horses, and spyware.

I. Hacking

II. "Cyberterrorism"

III. Viruses

Study Questions

  1. What are some examples of hacktivism? Have these been successful or unsuccessful in their political goals?
  2. In what ways are computer viruses like and not like biological viruses?
  3. What do you think the effects of a cyber-terrorist attack might look like? Why do you think this is likely or unlikely?
  4. What kinds of legal penalties do you think are reasonable for activities like phone phreaking?

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