Organised crime is the greatest source of cyber attacks, according to expert at Infosecurity Europe. Organised groups are now the dominant source of cybercrime, according to security and law enforcement experts, in an Infosecurity Europe panel moderated by Eleanor Dallaway, editor of Infosecurity.The source of hacking attacks and data theft has shifted decisively away from the sole hacker to an industrialised model of cybercrime, where exploits and malware are bought and sold, and where perpetrators need only a basic knowledge of technology, in order to launch an attack.
"Hackers are not all geniuses with computers. They just need to know someone who is, or go out to the marketplace to buy the tools they need," said independent security consultant Graham Cluley. "These are people interested in making money, and who are prepared to break the law, in order to do it". This view was echoed by Lee Miles, deputy head of the UK's National Cyber Crime Unit. "There are still some people motivated by ideology, but 70-80% are motivated by money," he said. "We are seeing the development of a service model," said Michael Driscoll, FBI assistant legal attaché at the US Embassy in London. "That also means that more people are getting involved [in crime]".