By the Blouin News Technology staff

Does cyber crime affect culture?

by in Personal Tech.

(Source: Perspecsys Photos/flickr)

(Source: Perspecsys Photos/flickr)

Cyber crime affects every aspect of an economy —jobs are created to combat it, others are eliminated because of the financial ramifications of digital attacks, and others still become obsolete. Equally important, if overlooked, however, are the cultural implications of cyber crime and swiftly developing, and invariably vulnerable, digital economies. Of course, employment is a good place to start. A McAfee report from 2014 emphasizes that developed countries stand to greatly suffer at the hands of cyber crime in terms of employment. This has cultural consequences as well, ranging from impacts on health to increases in street crime to distrust of government.

But outside of cyber crime’s obvious economic damage, the growth of digital vulnerabilities and the perception of increased threats can impact societal mindsets. Blouin News spoke with Graham Jones, an internationally recognized internet psychologist and author, who pointed out that the scale of cyber attacks matters when considering shifts in culture. As global powers like the U.S., China, Russia, and South Korea experience large-scale cyber attacks, which governments then often report tracing back to foreign state-sponsored activity, the question emerges: Does society collectively change to adapt to the dangers of cyber attacks?…

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