See also 10 dangerous app vulnerabilities to watch out for (free PDF) Threat intelligence analysts have long said that hacktivism was dead but new data published by IBM X-Force today confirms the complete collapse of hacktivism scene, with activity levels going down by 95% since 2015. According to IBM, security incidents caused by hacker groups operating under hacktivism causes has been on a decline since 2015, when the company recorded a peak, with 35 publicly reported incidents. Since then, incidents have gone down at a steady pace, with only five reported in 2017, two in 2018, and zero during the first months of the year. Attacks from hacktivist groups have continued to happen, but the number of actual incidents (successful breaches) has gone down at a constant pace. Researchers blame two factors for this decline — the death of the Anonymous hacker collective and a sustained crackdown by law enforcement officials that have thinned out hacktivist ranks. The death of Anonymous Probably the biggest role in the collapse of hacktivist activity had the disintegration of the Anonymous hacker collective, which according to IBM, was responsible for nearly 45% of all hacktivist-attributed security breaches. Anonymous hackers were once breaching companies and government networks for various humanitarian or social causes, but according to IBM, the group’s name has now been tarnished by its involvement with politically-themed campaigns, which started around 2016, and which IBM says has turned away many of its members. From campaigns like #OpKKK (exposing KKK members), #OpParis (exposing ISIS… [Read full story]
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