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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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