Though it can be easily argued that technology has made daily living easier for the mass majority, it's not without it setbacks. Cyber crime runs rampant, and the only way to prevent becoming a hacking victim is through thorough cyber planning. Whether or not you consider hackers to be the caped crusaders society needs to maintain the checks and balances of the market, one thing is for sure: if you don't have cybersecurity, you're just another fish in the bucket. Here are five hacking groups making doing business online hazardous to your company's health.
Back in 2011 during the Occupy Wall Street protests, the public was introduced to Anonymous. Anonymous is made up of an international network of hacktivists who purposely disrupt organizations they believe to be morally corrupt. The hacking group is not easily definable as they do not recognizably have a leader and are made up of a group of people from around the world. Anonymous describes themselves as "an Internet gathering [with a] very loose and decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives." Three well-publicized and successful attacks conducted by Anonymous include the WTO Hack, ISIS Website Attack and Donald Trump's Website Hack. If Anonymous believes you or your business are hurting mankind in any way, they will come after you en masse.
With the motto "The world's leaders in high-quality entertainment at your expense," you have to wonder what it is your business has to do to become a LulzSec target. LulzSec, short for Lulz Security is a play on words denoting laughter and cyber security. In essence, LulzSec laughs at the attempts of anyone investing in cybersecurity. Once in rivalry but now affiliated with Anonymous, LulzSec has successfully hacked Sony Pictures, the CIA and Fox.com. LulzSec takes special pride in their hacking abilities, and have been known to rub it in to their victims. If you don't have a cybersecurity plan, it's time to get one; LulzSec is waiting for their next opportunity.
Though this group is said to have disbanded in 1999, GlobalHell can be credited with being one of the first hacking groups who gained notoriety for website defacements and breaches. Stealing private and financial information, GlobalHell's founder has said the group caused $2.5 million in damages. GlobalHell infiltrated the White House, Ameritech, the United States army and the U.S. Postal Service. If they can break into these powerhouses, do you think it would be too much trouble to break into a small business's website?
Founded by a skilled 16-year-old hacker, TeaMp0isoN hacked into the English Defence League and NATO without breaking a sweat. Rumors swirled that the hacking group disbanded in 2012, but they came back in 2015 with a new image: a white-hat security research group.
Most widely known for their distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, Lizard Squad took down the Malaysian Airlines website and Facebook, though Facebook denies this. More recently, Lizard Squad puts their hacking efforts to disrupting social media services. You're your business conduct your client and customer service and reviews online? Prepare for war.
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