States and governments have enlisted hacktivists as their own national “cyber espionage” task forces, funding attackers and handing them sophisticated technology “weapons.” What will the impact be of hacktivists on the warpath? If history is any indicator, entire governments could be destabilized.
Online attackers using ransomware as their weapon of choice are at the top of the cybersecurity headlines at the moment—and with good reason. These attacks have brought major cities and hospitals to a grinding halt. But while most ransomware attackers are usually just out for the ransom itself, attackers known as “hacktivists” attack for reasons besides money. And they’re making a comeback.