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Internet Security: Hacking, Counterhacking, and Society

Author(s): Kenneth Einar Himma, Seattle Pacific University
  • ISBN-13: 9780763735364
  • ISBN-10:0763735361
  • Paperback    304 pages      © 2007
Price: $149.95 US List
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The frequency of digital attacks and intrusions has steadily increased over the years as the number of people with the appropriate motivation and technical ability continues to grow. Internet Security: Hacking, Counterhacking, and Society is a modern survey of the recent ethical policy issues arising in connection with Internet and network security. This exciting collection of papers, articles, and monographs discusses a number of important ethical questions arising in many distinct areas of Internet and network security, including: Are hacker attacks and hacktivism morally justified? Is hacking justified as self-defense? How should professionals respond to security issues? Is publishing malicious code protected by moral rights to free speech? Is the "break/fix" approach to security education morally appropriate? What should the role of the law be in policing cyberspace? Is it morally permissible for the government or individuals to actively conceal e-content? Internet Security: Hacking, Counterhacking, and Society is a valuable addition to the library of anyone concerned with the growing number of Internet security issues and intrusions facing society today.

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Internet Security: Hacking, Counterhacking, and Society is appropriate for ethics and security courses found within the departments of Computer Science, CIS,  Philosophy, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Technology and Society. 

Part I.    Preliminaries

1.   Tom Forester and Perry Morrison, "Hacking and Viruses"
2.   Herman Tavani, "The Conceptual and Moral Landscape of Computer Security"

Part II.   Hacking, Hacktivism, and Active Defense

3.   Eugene Spafford, "Are Computer Break-Ins Ethical?"
4.   Mark Manion and Abby Goodrum, "Terrorism or Civil Disobedience:  Toward a Hacktivist Ethic"
5.   Kenneth Einar Himma, "Hacking as Politically Motivated Digital Civil Disobedience: Is Hactivisim Morally Justified?"
6.   Kenneth Einar Himma, "The Ethics of "Hacking Back": Active Response to Computer Intrusions
7.   Dorothy Denning, "A View of Cyberterrorism Five Years Later"

Part III.  Ethical Issues in Professionalism and Design

8.   Donald Gotterbarn and David Tarnoff, "Internet Development: Professionalism, Profits, Ethics, or Sleaze?"
9.   Batya Friedman, Daniel Howe, and Edward Felten, "Informed Consent in the Mozilla Browser: Implementing Value-Sensitive Design"
10.  Richard Epstein, "The Impact of Computer Security Concerns Upon Software Development"

Part IV:   Other Security Issues

11. Fran Grodzinsky, Keith Miller, and Marty Wolf, "The Ethical Implications of the Messenger's Haircut: Steganography in the Digital Age
12.  Kai Kiimpa, Andy Bissett, and N. Ben Fairweather, "Security in Online Games"
13.  Adam Moore, "Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Hacking: Evaluating Free Access Arguments"
14.  Marie Canellopoulou-Bottis, "Disclosing Software Vulnerabilities"

Kenneth Einar Himma-Seattle Pacific University

Kenneth Einar Himma teaches philosophy at Seattle Pacific University.  He formerly taught in the Philosophy Department, the Information School, and the Law School at the University of Washington.  His specialties are legal philosophy and information ethics.  He has authored more than 100 scholarly articles, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and op-ed newspaper pieces.  He is on the editorial boards of International Review of Information Ethics and the forthcoming INSEIT Journal.

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