Summary of Three Types of Online Attack

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Edward Snowden wasn’t the first to figure out that “our own governments are using technology against us, the citizens.”


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Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen candidly outlines the three principal sources of online attacks: criminals seeking riches, “hacktivists” making a statement and governments surveying their own citizens. Hypponen dwells mainly on the tactics governments use to help other governments – even totalitarian regimes – and themselves to spy on citizens. The real conflict, according to Hypponen, is not “privacy” versus “security,” but “freedom” versus “control.” getAbstract recommends this timely introduction to one of the largest policy questions of the day: How much privacy should citizens surrender to their governments in the name of greater security?

In this summary, you will learn

  • What risks threaten online security,
  • How governments participate in online crime and
  • Why citizens should strive to protect their privacy.


Criminality is becoming increasingly prevalent in the digital world. Three groups of online attackers present particularly menacing risks:
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About the Speaker

Mikko Hypponen is a leading cybercrime expert and a senior research executive at F-Secure Corporation.

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