Hacktivists Steal More Data Than Cybercriminals, Report Shows – Tech Europe – WSJ

In 2011, attacks by so-called hacktivists accounted for more data theft than those motivated by espionage or finance, according to a new comprehensive global report.Verizon’s 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report PDF, which was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service and law enforcement agencies in Ireland, the Netherlands, the U.K. and Australia, found that 58% of data stolen world-wide was the result of hacktivist activity even though they were responsible for only 3% of the incidents. Cyber criminals continue to be the biggest threat with 83% of data breaches.Hacktivists are computer criminals who target companies typically for political reasons, while cybercriminals tend to be financially motivated. “Most data thieves are professional criminals deliberately trying to steal information they can turn into cash,” according to the report.

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