10 Security Predictions For 2012

6. Hacktivism

Profit won't be the only motive for hackers in 2012. Politics is increasingly behind attacks and the trend will continue. The spotlight turned on so-called hacktivism in 2010 with the discovery of the Stuxnet worm that damaged control systems in Iran's nuclear facility. The malware was a wakeup call for governments and corporations. Since then, there's been a rise in the number of loosely organized anarchists. Last year, LulzSec made headlines hacking into state and federal government Web sites. More of these hactivism groups will rise in 2012, with many claiming to do good. For example, Anonymous, known for defending whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks, threatened late last year to unmask Mexican drug cartel members.

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