Boasting leaves hackers vulnerable, researcher says


MONTREAL — Hackers can send the world into a frenzy with a bogus White House bombing tweet, but a researcher says most of them risk capture because they can’t resist boasting about their exploits.

David Decary-Hetu of the University of Montreal found that most hackers aren’t content to simply do the deed.

“Reputation is an important source of motivation for hackers, even more than greed,” Decary-Hetu said. “This recognition is the motivation for their acts.”

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