The Cyber Crime Chronicles: The Cyber Criminal

In our third of several articles on the main combatants most of us in the threat intelligence and information security world deal with, we’re going to profile the cyber-criminal. Perhaps the most nefarious, these attackers are driven almost exclusively by financial gain. These criminals typically target personal and corporate systems, and range in skill from Nigerian 419 phishers, to authors of advanced ransomware, software that takes over a computer and requires a ransom to be paid before the computer is unlocked. The attacks these criminals use range from blackmail (think the Ashley Madison hacks) to ransomware to phishing and