Saturday, 25 June 2011

Asperger syndrome and hacking

A very, very short post this one in response to a recent news item here in the UK.

First it was Gary McKinnon. Now it is Ryan Cleary. Two young men diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. Two young men under Police and media scrutiny for their (alleged) computer activities. You can imagine that this has been the topic of some discussion and questions are starting to be asked about the relationship between Asperger syndrome and hacking. I am not getting too far into the debate at this time because the facts have not been proven, and until they are, it is conjecture and speculation.

One question I would perhaps raise: does Asperger syndrome predispose to hacking or does it predispose to getting caught?