Cybersecurity is becoming more important for businesses as each year passes owing to the growing threat levels which we are seeing. More and more people are learning how to hack into systems and many criminal organizations are learning about the benefits of having attackers like these on board. Bharat Bhise HNA has been working within cybersecurity for a number of years now and he has seen just how quickly cybercrime has risen in popularity, a worrying trend for many businesses. SO what is it that these crybercriminals are looking for? Why do they hack into our systems? There are number o ways to answer that question, and here is why Bharat believes that most get involved in this nefarious activity.
When we think about hacking it is easy to assume that they are doing this to somehow steal money, the truth is that even with the greatest will in the world, hacking in to a system and taking money is actually pretty difficult, especially as it will usually leave a trace. These men and women do make money however but it is usually as a result of having been hired for a job. Perhaps the hackers will be contacted and asked to breach a system for some specific information. Alternatively they can make money by selling the information which they have obtained from a company, to the highest bidder.
Surprisingly many hackers get into it because it is fun, rather than the fact that they wish to steal information. What generally happens amongst hacking groups then is that they start to one-up each other, seeking to see who can hack the biggest company. Much of this is braggadocio rather than anything else, and they can send a message to a company that they have poor systems and that the hacker has managed to infiltrate them. We have seen this happen a lot with hacking collectives who wish to demonstrate just how strong they are by hacking into systems and then notifying the business about it.
Sometimes hackers will bring down a site or a system for their own ethical reasons, and this is again something which we have seen from hacking groups in recent years. If a company or an individual rubs people up the wrong way then these groups may take umbrage and decide to launch an attack on them, with no other intention than bringing down their systems and embarrassing them publicly.
For many years there were 2 main issues which businesses were worried about in terms of information theft, the first was of course the personal details of their customers and employees, and the second is the confidential business information which they have. Sometimes we’ll see hackers going after this information, likely for someone else, where they will seek to obtain important documents and trade secrets which can be used against the business.
There are many reasons for hacking and these are the main objectives which most hackers have.