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Exploring the methods and goals of students who DDoS educational facilities

Sandkühler, D.R. (2020) Exploring the methods and goals of students who DDoS educational facilities.

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Abstract:DDoS attacks on educational facilities have increased in recent years. Research suggests that students are the cause of this problem. This thesis investigates, why students DDoS their educational facilities and which methods they use to do so. Criminology theories such as Routine Activity Theory were used to develop a questionnaire which was then filled out by attackers of the past. Content analysis was used to identify typical themes and patterns across the participants. The results indicate that apart from preventing examinations, many DDoS offenders attack their educational facilities out of pure curiosity and experimentation. In most cases, offenders seem to regret their actions as they did not consider the consequences of such an attack. This can be referred to the fact that the use of DDoS attacks has become easier to execute as people can buy publically available DDoS-for-hire services online for low prices. Results from this study can be used to look for intervention points. Future studies should be conducted on a larger scale to validate findings made in this thesis.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81847
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