Hackers: who is who?
More than 80 thousand cases of cyberattacks have been fixed in 2002 (hackers’ attacks, information thefts, etc.). Their number has sharply increased in comparison with 2001, by then it has been fixed about 58 thousand such infringements (hardly more than 20 thousand – in 2000). The piracy copying music, software, video and texts from the Internet are expected to bring in an illegal income 112 billion dollars by 2005. Unfortunately, the current official statistics do not allow to get authentic data on criminals attacking computer systems. The studies of Computer Crime Research Center have shown that the main purposes and motives of cybercrimes are mercenariness (56,8 %), hooliganism (17,1 %), revenge (12,7 %), commercial espionage or diversion (9,1 %). Menfolk perpetrate computer crimes 5 times oftener than women do. The majority of offenders have higher technical education (53,7 %), and other higher education (19,2 %). As a rule, they are persons of 30- 45 years old (46,5 %) and 16-30 years old (37,8 %). Full Story