Hacker attacks are increasingly motivated by political andsocial reasons, targeting large organizations with familiar brandnames, and less by financial gain, according to a VerizonCommunications Inc. report.

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

“Electronic crimes are not just about the money anymore,” BryanSartin, Washington, D.C.-based director of investigative responseat Verizon, said in an interview. “That is a major landscapeshift.”

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