The motivation for cyber-attacks can be split into several different categories. We wanted to give some context before diving into where the hackers come from as this will help you understand the motivation behind the attacks which are also aligned with hackers County of origin.
State-sponsored attacks State-sponsored attacks are carried out on behalf of a government for a specific county. This can be classed as cyber warfare where attacks are carried out on a large scale by highly skilled hackers typically from China and Russia
Hackers who carry out commercial attacks are motivated by profit whereby the hacker or group of hackers are hired to obtain information from a business or to take the business offline.
politically motivated hackers attack for a political cause and normally deface a high-profile website to make a statement.
Criminal hack for profit, attacking businesses or individuals via ransomware, virus and so with one objective to make a profit. These are the attacks you are most likely to hear about on the media where a hacker has hacked a bank and posted the credit card or personal details of people on the dark Web for sale.
Then you have the ethical hackers who attack the government, company websites, networks to see if they can find security weakness the company may offer a bounty or a challenge to the hackers to see who can find the weakness.
Once the ethical hacker has found a security weakness, they will contact the company, government agency to make them aware of the attack and how it can be fixed.
The final group is the commercial hackers, penetration testers who work for cybersecurity companies hired to attack a business’s digital assets with permission from the company who hired them.
Which Countries Do Cyber-attacks Originate From?
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