This paper considers various classes of computer hackers, with a special emphasis on fame-driven versus profit-driven hackers. This paper employs simple economic analysis to examine how each of these hacking “markets” work. The resulting framework is employed to evaluate current U.S. policy aimed at reducing the threat of computer hacking and shows that this policy is largely effective. The study consider policy adjustments consistent with the insights of the framework provided as a means of strengthening cyber security.
Read the paper at Peter Leeson's website.