Information Exchange Paths in IRC Hacking Chat Rooms
Criminals who wanted to socialize with likeminded individuals used to visit the local taverns where they could drink beers and learn a trick or two about their criminal trade. In the digital age, web pages, forums, and online chat rooms have replaced local taverns. Cybercriminals can now find detailed online tutorials that teach them anything they could ever need on denial of service attacks, software piracy, and credentials hijacking. Forums and chat rooms provide an environment where hackers can meet and casually discuss their problems and look for mentors or co-delinquents. These web 2.0 “taverns” are where social interactions are now happening and have proven to be a rich environment for academic research.