UKFast Reveals 7th Hacker Profile

Article date: Fri, 03 Feb 2012 09:38 GMT

Stuart Coulson, director of data centres for UKFast

Security-aware bosses might think they've protected themselves from the six commonly accepted kinds of hacker but they are unaware of the seventh and most dangerous cyber criminal that could take down their business in a matter of minutes.

The six commonly accepted hacker profiles ignore the 'deadly' automatic tool that can cause untold damage to businesses at very little cost.

Stuart Coulson, director of data centres for UKFast, described the six commonly accepted profiles of hackers: "There are script kiddies who are essentially bored teenagers, you have hacking groups, who are a loose collection of script kiddies, and your hacktivists who might have a political motivation.

"Then there are serious hackers - the kind from the 80s who would craft code. The next layer is those serious hackers who are brought in by organised criminals and then, at the top level, you have nation states."

But, Coulson believes that the seventh hacker presents the most serious threat. He said: "Not on the list is the automatic tool - a piece of software that acts like a worm and tries to affect as much as possible to give itself the largest possible framework.

"Why do they do that? Because large organisations at the corporate level have serious money to spend on defence. Cybercriminals want to break that layer by creating a huge whale of a machine that can take down anybody. They want to be considered a serious threat that everyone has to take notice of."

According to Coulson, the automated attack is not even an expensive exercise. He said that a hugely damaging botnet attack could now cost as little as $170 and be launched at the simple click of a button through an organised route.

He added: "Millions of bored teenagers have a go initially then get more experienced and their mates get involved. Then they travel up the ranks, they might want to target someone who has crossed them in the past and they use an online botnet tool to affect them. That's where things become very serious because they can take down the SME straight away and there's little you can do to guard against it."

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