Stefania Ducci

Name: Stefania

Surname: Ducci

About speaker: Ms. Stefania Ducci has a University Degree in Law (University of Bologna, Italy), and a Master Degree in Criminology (University of Turin, Italy, and UNICRI), both obtained with full marks cum laude. She has focused her Law Degree course of study on Criminal Law, Criminology and Forensic Medicine, subjects that has been studied thoroughly during the Master in Criminology.

She is a member of the International Society of Criminology and since September 2003, she has been working for UNICRI (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute) in the Counter Human Trafficking and Emerging Crimes Unit. In her quality of responsible for cybercrime projects, and in conjunction with project partners, she is developing new methodologies and strategies for researching and countering computer-related crimes.

In this framework, back in 2004, on the basis of a partnership with ISECOM (the Institute for Security and Open Methodologies), she began collaborating on different projects against cybercrime together with Mr. Raoul Chiesa (IT Security Expert, Founder, Chief Technical Officer and Board of Directors Member of ISECOM, CLUSIT and TSTF). These projects are: Hackers Profiling Project (HPP), SCADA Security (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), a training programme for Law Enforcement Agencies on computer forensics and investigative techniques for cybercrime (ICT/LEA), and the DAPIPOM project (Digital Anti-Paedophilia Investigation and Profiling Open Methodology).

Talk: The Hackers Profiling Project

Abstrakt: After a brief introduction to UNICRI projects against cybercrime, this talk will present the Hackers Profiling Project (HPP), showing the research methodology and the results obtained after three years of activities, carried out by the work group managed by Ms. Stefania Ducci (responsible for UNICRI projects on cybercrime) and Mr. Raoul Chiesa (IT Security Expert). HPP is an action-oriented research study on hackers, who are seen through the lens of criminal profiling. Whilst there is a substantive amount of literature on hackers or on criminal profiling, no studies have been carried out on the criminal profiling of hackers. From a criminal profiling perspective, hacking is still a completely unexplored field. Criminal profiling techniques have already been used to solve cases of violent serial crimes such as murders, rapes, arsons and bombings. Whilst hacking is not classified as a violent crime, it is a serial one, and as such, system administrators, computer security professionals and law enforcement personnel would benefit from an approach that applies new criminal profiling methodologies and techniques to properly deal with it. Thanks to the HPP, you will discover how many myths about the hackers and the so-called “underground world” have been often lead to misrepresentations.