Organized cybercrime generally has a single overarching goal: Money. Financial fraud, data theft, extortion, trafficking, and so much more. If you can think of an underhanded way to make money with computers, there’s probably a group of cybercriminals doing it.
These cybercriminals usually represent an external threat, with a wide range of sophistication. Some groups might be relatively inexperienced, while others might be experienced hackers. Likewise, the resources these groups have access to can vary, but they are likely to be higher than what a single person could muster.
Cybercrime can be both opportunistic and targeted - If there’s a way for them to make money, they’ll probably start taking advantage of it sooner or later. Here’s a brief list of some things one group, named REvil, did in 2020 and 2021:
- Stole A terabyte of data from a law firm, then attempted to extort, among others, Madonna and Lady Gaga.
- Attacked a trust that ran schools in the UK, and held stolen data for ransom, along with student’s coursework.
- Stole plans for upcoming Apple products and tried to hold them for ransom.
- Attacked a meatpacking company with ransomware, extorting 11 million dollars in bitcoin.
- Targeted an energy company with ransomware.
- Stole documents from a Florida-based military contractor.