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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 16:27

What Do Hackers Want, Anyway? A Look at Different Cyberattack Goals

What do hackers actually want? The answer varies widely depending on which types of cyberattacks you're talking about. Here's a look at the most common motives behind attacks by hackers.

I should preface this article by noting that technical communities lack consensus regarding the meaning of "hacker."

Historically, the term has referred to people who build new things or make them better, not break into software systems for malicious purposes.

For the purposes of this article, however, I'll be using "hacker" in the negative sense, to describe people who seek to gain unauthorized access to software or hardware.