The Dr. Gordon Wicijowski Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Lecture



Why Do Hackers Hack?

Presented by: Dr. Thomas J. Holt
Professor, School of Criminal Justice
Michigan State University

Monday 15 October 2018, 7:00 PM
Luther Auditorium, The University of Regina

Though the crime of computer hacking is prominent in the mainstream media, there is little discussion as to why individuals actually engage in it. Cybercrime specialist Dr. Thomas J. Holt will explore hacking in the context of two contrasting motivations: money and ideology. Financially-motivated hackers, he contends, acquire personal information to sell in the lucrative data sales market. The complex motives of hackers who are driven by individual ideological beliefs, by contrast, are less understood in the empirical research. Holt will discuss the differences and commonalities across these attacks and attackers, along with their implications for policy and enforcement practice.

DR. THOMAS J. HOLT is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University specializing in cybercrime, technology-enabled offending, and the policy responses to these problems. His research focuses on computer hacking, malware, and the role that technology and the Internet play in facilitating all manner of crime and deviance. His work has been published in a range of academic journals, including British Journal of Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, and Policing, and has published multiple books on cybercrime and cybersecurity. His work has also been funded by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institute of Justice, and the National Science Foundation.

All are welcome and refreshments will be provided after the lecture. Free parking on campus is available in Lot 13 M. For more information please call 306-585-4226.


The Law Foundation of Saskatchewan is an organization dedicated to enhancing legal education and research in order to respond to challenges facing the administration of justice. Owing to the generous support of this organization, the Law Foundation Chair in Police Studies was established in 2005 at the University of Regina Faculty of Arts.

The Law Foundation Chair allows the University to function as a centre of excellence in police studies, enabling the Chair to support issues of direct relevance to policing in Saskatchewan, to bring world-renowned experts in the field of criminal justice to Saskatchewan to share their expertise, and to participate in national discussions about current policing practices.

In support of these goals, each Fall a speaker is invited to the University of Regina in order to deliver a public lecture. In February 2011 the Law Foundation lecture was renamed ‘The Gordon Wicijowski Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair in Police Studies Lecture’, in recognition of the key role played by Dr. Gordon Wicijowki in the establishment of the Chair in Police Studies. This title change acknowledges Dr. Wicijowski’s years of service with the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan as well as the contributions he has made to the University of Regina, including serving on the Board of Governors – contributions for which Dr. Wicijowski has been presented an honorary doctorate. Today the lecture is known as the Dr. Gordon Wicijowski Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Lecture.

Past Law Foundation Lectures

  • 2016: Domestic Violence: The Challenge of Taking Account of the Interests of Children
    presented by Professor Nicholas Bala, Faculty of Law, Queen's University
    View Prof. Bala's slide presentation PPT (2.51 MB)
  • 2015: Smart Policing and the Challenge of Translational Criminology
    by Dr. Scott H. Decker, Foundation Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University
    View videotape of lecture. View Dr. Decker's slide presentation (671 KB) PPT
  • 2014:Beyond the Criminal Law: What Local and Provincial Authorities Can Do to Regulate Sexually-oriented Business
    by Dr. Mariana Valverde, FRSC, Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto
    View event poster (1.7 MB) PDF
    View videotape of lecture on Youtube at
  • 2013: Proceed Until Apprehended
    by Karyn McClusky, Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit
    View event poster (671 KB) pdf
  • 2012: Murder and Maggots: The use of insect evidence in criminal investigations
    by Dr. Gail Anderson, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University
  • 2011: The Future of Policing in Saskatchewan
    by Dr. Rick Rudell, University of Regina
  • 2010: Some Reflections on the Discourse of Crime and Punishment in Canada
    by Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator of Canada
  • 2009: Does the Charter Matter?
    by Harry Arthurs, University Professor Emeritus and President Emeritus, York University