Cybersecurity and hacking

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Computer vulnerabilities are central to cybersecurity and hacking. From a social science viewpoint, they consist of multifaceted social processes involving several stages. Analyzing computer vulnerabilities in this way helps us understand the social and technical aspects of computer security risks. These vulnerabilities often lead to crises and controversies beyond the computer security arena, where developments can be traced by analyzing how vulnerabilities are “translated” into different forums, notably: when they are handled by computer experts involved in operational security; and when they are embedded in advocacy initiatives by concerned groups or organizations.