The financial path of a cyber-attacker (infographic)

16 Apr 2015432 Views

We’re constantly warned of evil hackers, scouring the web for our personal details, then profiting from our poor defences. But how do they actually earn a living from this?

Symantec’s report on cyberattacks in 2014, which was earlier this week, explained in pretty emphatic terms just how big a problem hacking is becoming.

Hackers are evolving, growing more and more capable; they’re now making you do all the leg work.

But when you hear of zero-day vulnerabilities, mobile malware intrusions and major security breaches, it’s hard to understand the what and, more importantly, the why.

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Well Symantec’s handy infographic offers a nice synopsis of the route a hacker takes towards profit. From learning skills and maximising their talents, to researching the cyber black market.

For example, did you know there’s a going rate for your email address?

Money hoarded in the cloud image, via Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt is senior communications and content executive at NDRC. He previously worked as a journalist with Silicon Republic.