Hacktivist attacks dropped by 95% since 2015
A new report by IBM X-Force sheds light on the dramatic decline of hacktivism over the last few years. Since 2015, the number of hacktivism-related security breaches has dropped by a whopping 95%. In 2017 there were only five such incidents, down from 35 in 2015. The number dropped further to two incidents in 2018 and so far this year, not a single breach has been attributed to hacktivists.
This doesn’t mean that hacktivists no longer carry out attacks. For instance, when the Ecuadorian government terminated Julian Assange’s political asylum last month, leading to the Wikileaks founder’s arrest by UK police, hacktivists launched 40 million cyberattacks against Ecuadorian government websites in a week.
Two complementary explanations for why hacktivism is becoming an increasingly insignificant phenomenon, are the decline of the notorious hacktivist group Anonymous and increased efforts by law enforcement to take down hacktivist networks.
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