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.
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