Hackers More Driven by Politics

Cyber criminals are less motivated by financial gain than political, social reasons, Verizon reports.

Hacker attacks are increasingly motivated by political and social reasons, targeting large organizations with familiar brand names, and less by financial gain, according to a Verizon Communications Inc. report.

In 2011, 58 percent of computer data stolen was attributed to “hacktivism,” according to a report on electronic crime released today by New York-based Verizon. That contrasts with the data-breach pattern of the past several years, during which the majority of attacks were carried out by criminals whose primary motivation was financial gain, the report said.

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