Group processes & social identities within online hacking communities

This research examines the individual perspective of group identities and group processes within online hacking communities affect the members at individual and group levels. The conflation between hackers and cybercriminals is a damaging and misleading inaccuracy, which risks alienating a capable and engaged community. From exploring these communities a deeper understanding of the social psychological online group processes will be gained. This information can inform general public awareness, international and domestic policy development (for both the internet and education), as well as helping ingroup and outgroup members understand potential influences in these communities.

Contacts: Helen Thackray, John McAlaney

Funders: Bournemouth University


Related Publications

  • J. McAlaney, H. Thackray, and J. Taylor, “The social psychology of cybersecurity,” The psychologist, vol. 29, p. 686–689, 2016.
    Author = {John McAlaney and Helen Thackray and Jacqui Taylor},
    Journal = {The Psychologist},
    Pages = {686--689},
    Title = {The social psychology of cybersecurity},
    Volume = {29},
    Year = {2016}}
  • [PDF] H. Thackray, J. McAlaney, H. Dogan, J. Taylor, and C. Richardson, “Social Psychology: An under-used tool in Cybersecurity,” in Proceedings of the 30th British HCI Group Annual Conference on People and Security: Fusion, 2016.
    Author = {Helen Thackray and John McAlaney and Huseyin Dogan and Jacqui Taylor and Christopher Richardson},
    Booktitle = {{Proceedings of the 30th British HCI Group Annual Conference on People and Security: Fusion}},
    Publisher = {BCS},
    Title = {{Social Psychology: An under-used tool in Cybersecurity}},
    Year = {2016}}