Acknowledgement: I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to the Hofstede Insights Group and Philip Lafeber in particular, for the willingness to spend countless hours helping improve my understanding of the cultural dimensions theory. Without this collaboration I would not have been able to reasonably attempt correlation with basic cyberattack data.

In Cultural Diversity and Universal Ethics in a Global World (2013), Mele´ and Sa´nchez-Runde stated, “differences in race, sex, language, ethnicity, values systems, religion, and local practices are important aspects of the business environment in both domestic and international business.” …


What are the three clues you took away from the Preface? If you found them, you now likely know who the hacker is at the center of this story. If not, this new evidence drop will help.

For this drop our hacker and suspect both refer to a human rights incident that occurred more than a decade earlier in a faraway land to which there appears no obvious connection. Now, why would he/they do that?

You see, one part of this particular hacktivist’s troubled psyche is self-righteousness, another a deep desire for fame, glory, and admiration (different drop), a need…


In early March 2018, Reeves Wiedeman wrote an interesting story for New York Magazine titled Gray Hat based on interviews with Marcus Hutchins. Wiedeman wrote, “Hutchins is a self-described introvert and pessimist. (“I don’t really like people,” he [Hutchins] deadpanned.)” This deadpanned statement stuck in my head as I continued to read the story. It stuck in my head as I looked over the voluminous MalwareTech blog posts. It also stuck in my head as I scrolled through thousands and thousands of his tweets.

It struck me as interesting that this self-professed introvert really seemed to enjoy a lot of…


Disclaimer 1: This post is about the potential use of various data sources to enhance cyber threat intelligence, cybercrime investigations, cybercriminal offender profiling, and forensics. The selective use of data is for illustrative purposes only. Due to the multitude of available (sometimes contradictory) data and your own interpretation you may or may not support the presented analysis. This post is not about whether or not Marcus Hutchins is guilty of one or all of the crimes he is being charged with.

Disclaimer 2: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® is used herein for illustrative purposes only. I am not an MBTI professional, however…


Why do cybercriminals do what they do? It’s a simple question and it often evokes a simplistic answer (e.g. for the money), however, common sense dictates the root cause is (unsurprisingly) much more complex. Former New York Police Department Commissioner Patrick Murphey said, “the root causes of crime [are] poverty, unemployment, underemployment, racism, poor health care, bad housing, weak schools, mental illness, alcoholism, single-parent families, teenage pregnancy, and a society of selfishness and greed.” Murphey made this statement in 1985, well before the Internet became a cornerstone of society and the launchpad for exponential growth in on-line crime.

This series…


With the looming US elections, fears of cyberattacks by nation state threats have reached a pace paralleled only by the early spread of COVID-19. But, are these fears manufactured to fuel a political agenda or is there actual evidence to support the claims? Let’s take a look at information one research think tank has to substantiate cries China, Iran, and Russia are the most concerning malicious actors and it’s not that they are coming, they’re already here, in our systems, and they’ve been here a while.

Before jumping in, credit must be given to the federally funded, non-profit MITRE Corporation…


Criminals have a fair share of things in common with you and I. They have a variety of life experiences that make them who they are, whether good or bad. They have goals, aspirations, and beliefs. Then there are the things they feel passionate about and become a part of who they are, their emotional and psychological DNA. We all have those things from our past that manifest into our current life, into who we are. Sometimes we realize this and sometimes we do not.

Look around at your group of friends; you don’t really know what these people do…

Jeffrey Crump

Cyber Security Consultant & Researcher

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