6 motivations of cybercriminals–Is it all about the money?

cybercriminal motivations

Performing a Google search (for the past year) using the terms: “cybercrime” AND “hackers” produced over 5 million results. While scanning through search results, headline eye candy produced:

  • Hackers are draining bank accounts via . . .
  • Hackers Trick Email Systems Into Wiring Them Large Sums …
  • Hackers siphon $47 million out of tech company’s accounts …
  • Hackers use virus to steal £20 MILLION from UK bank …
  • We found out how much money hackers actually make …

So, a cyberiminal’s ultimat...

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How to derail a Business Gmail Spam bomb

spam bomb

Last Friday morning an East Coast client (ECC) woke up to find her Gmail business account pummeled with more than 40,000 spam emails—with approximately 150-250 emails bypassing Google’s spam filters to cut up her inbox—this ongoing spam deluge was no laughing matter. With business email delayed and spam consistently pouring in—ECC’s ability to conduct business on Friday was 100 percent crippled.

It flooded my inbox with spam (woke up with 50 spam messages that made it to my inbox and pr...

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You’ve been hacked —what should you do next?

hacked

I’ve been hacked a few times, and it is a terrifying position to be in. The last time I recall a major hack was back in 2011 gratis a Malaysian hacktivist. It is unclear how the attacker procured the password to an old Gmail account — that I rarely used — but it was most likely tied to my use of the same weak password across multiple websites. Though these ancient accounts had been long forgotten by me, they morphed into the mode of unrestricted access for the attacker.

Armed with the ini...

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Ransomware: How being prepared and proactive foils the plot

Ransomware

Since the advent of CryptoLocker in 2013, file-encrypting ransomware has become a scourge on the cyberthreat landscape. Whether it is delivered via an email/phishing/spam campaign, a drive-by download, malvertising or a browser exploit kit. Those who are unprepared for this type of attack often pay the ransom or lose all their files. While those who are both prepared and proactive are able to escape the ransom and restore their files via backup.

Ransomware not only poses a threat risk to indivi...

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