In the era of the internet, hackers are seen as noble figures – anarcho-libertarians, standing up to the man, exposing government secrets and corporate misdeeds.
Actually, that’s a myth. The bulk of people doing hacking are absolute scum. In the UK, we’re starting to see a wave of cyber-criminals targeting businesses. On hacking forums, although many participants baulk at hacking individuals, going after a company is seen as perfectly morally acceptable.
While high-profile hacks like those on huge firms such as Apple and Associated Press make the headlines, the bulk of this hacking is aimed at small and medium companies – family businesses, in other words. Firms don’t like to talk publicly about being victims but in anonymous surveys as many as 40% of firms admit being affected by it.