Power, glory fuel hacktivism against companies

Author: Byron Acohido

The following is an excerpt from an article in USA Today that quotesJohn D’Arcy, assistant professor of information technology management, about the hacking attack on Sony Corp.  To read the article visit: Power, glory fuel hacktivism against companies.

The International Monetary Fund is among the latest operations hit by a cyberattack. And security analysts don't expect a slowdown in politically motivated cyberattacks, known as hacktivism, anytime soon.

The IMF has faced a number of threats recently from hackers unhappy with some of its economic policies.

Anonymous, a longstanding hacktivist group best known for attacking corporations that opposed WikiLeaks, had threatened the IMF with an online attack over conditions imposed on its rescue package for Greece. However, it was not known Sunday if Anonymous was actually behind the most recent attack.

"Hacktivists believe their ethos represents the future of a cyberconnected world," says Dave Jevans, chairman of security firm IronKey. "They will continue attacks based on real or imagined positions against companies and government agencies."