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Why Hackers Hack: Visualizing The Motives Behind Cyberattacks
01-05-2018, 02:54 AM,
Why Hackers Hack: Visualizing The Motives Behind Cyberattacks
Why Hackers Hack: Visualizing The Motives Behind Cyberattacks

<p><strong>Cyberattacks caused <a href="">$450 billion of damage</a> to the global economy in 2016, and this number is predicted to keep rising as we keep adding more connected devices to the mix.</strong></p>

<p><a href="">As Visual Capitalists's Jeff Desjardins notes, </a>the magnitude of this impact should not be understated. It’s bigger than the size of notable economies like the UAE ($371B) or Norway ($370B) – which is why it’s no surprise to see organizations putting major resources to shore up their internal defenses and to reduce the risk of threats.</p>

<p>But while the origins of this cybersecurity boom may be clear, what is less obvious is why all of this hacking is happening in the first place.</p>

<p><strong><em>Why do hackers hack, and what are the motives behind these powerful cyberattacks?</em></strong></p>

<h2><u>WHY HACKERS HACK</u></h2>

<p>Today’s infographic comes to us from <a href="">Raconteur</a>, and it breaks down the statistics from a couple of large global studies on cybersecurity.</p>

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<p><em>Courtesy of: <a href="">Visual Capitalist</a></em></p>

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<p>One of the first datasets shown comes from <a href="">Radware</a>, showing the motives behind why hackers hack:</p>

<ul><li>Ransom (41%)</li>
<li>Insider threat (27%)</li>
<li>Political reasons (26%)</li>
<li>Competition (26%)</li>
<li>Cyberwar (24%)</li>
<li>Angry user (20%)</li>
<li>Motive unknown (11%)</li>
</ul><p><strong>Interestingly, ransom is a top motive at 41% – but other reasons like politics, competition, and cyberwar were pretty evenly distributed in the mix as well.</strong></p>

<p>Verizon, in their <a href="">2017 Data Breach Investigations Report</a>, break down the motives of hackers in a different way. Using the three wider categories of “Financial”, “Espionage” and “Fun, Ideology, or Grudge (FIG)”, here is how cyberattacks look over time:</p>

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<p><strong>Most notably, espionage appears to be on the rise.</strong></p>

<p>That’s significant, because over 50% of hacks already come from organized criminal groups, and close to 20% originate from state-affiliated actors. With espionage becoming a more common motive, it suggests that cyberattacks will continue getting more sophisticated and deliberate, and that specialized teams of hackers are executing a growing percentage of the attacks.</p>

<p><em>(For a real-time view of this espionage in action, make sure to watch <a href="">cyberwarfare happening in real-time</a>.)</em></p>

<h2><u>WHO AND WHY?</u></h2>

<p>Hackers hack for a multitude of different reasons.</p>

<p><strong>However, it does seem that the actors and motives for hacking are gradually shifting over time. </strong>Fewer cyberattacks today have FIG motives (fun, ideology, grudge), and more attacks are increasingly tied to espionage.</p>

<p>With more deliberate, determined, sophisticated, and team-based attackers – it’s no wonder that the cybersecurity industry is growing at a 9.5% annual clip.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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