Computer system hacks are becoming commonplace news as corporations and government agencies regularly report breaches of their systems, new vulnerabilities and security risks. With the last couple of years showing an increase of these attacks, we can probably assume that 2015 will follow that trend.
According to a recent Forbes report, cyberattackers generally fall into three categories. Cyber spies, often with nation state affiliations, who steal sensitive information in order to give a government or commercial enterprise (or both) a competitive advantage. Cybercriminals who seek financial gain, most commonly by targeting credit card data or personal information that can be re-sold or used for fraud. And lastly, cyber activists who seek to disrupt or embarrass their targets, and whose motives range from personal amusement to political viewpoints to religious convictions.
In a recent Control Risks’ report on global business risk, it appears that advanced capabilities are likely to proliferate among these groups, turning the practice of cyberattacks into a business model.
As the seemingly nonstop threats continue, it appears Americans are becoming more lax about cybersecurity and that may be threating all of us. Take a look at this Bloomberg Business report where SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg discusses the lack of concern about cybersecurity in the U.S.
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