Hacking, Hacktivism and Cyberterrorism by Hasan Saeed Bahabri

July 22, 2020

This Article Written by Trainee Hasan Bahabri From Imam Mohamad bin Saud University #IMU




What is Hacking?


Hacking generally refers to unauthorized intrusion into a computer or a network.





Hacking Statistics:

  • Cybercrime is more profitable than the global illegal drug trade.

  • Hackers steal 75 records every second.

  • More than 6,000 online criminal marketplaces sell ransomware products and services.

  • Hackers create 300,000 new pieces of malware daily.

  • There will be 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs openings in 2021.


Hacking Attacks:

  • Operating System Attacks.

  • Misconfiguration Attacks.

  • Shrink Wrap Code Attacks.

  • Application Level Attacks 


 What is Hacktivism?


Besides hackers who are in it for profit there are those who want to bring attention to a cause.



 Hacktivism Attacks:

  • Leaking information 

  • Website mirroring 

  • Geo-bombing

  • Blogging anonymously 


Hacktivism Examples:

  • 2011: Hacktivist group Anonymous has briefly taken offline 40 sites it claims traded in images of child sexual abuse.

  • 2013: DDoS attacks by Muslim hacktivist group "Cyber Fighters of Izz-ad-din Al Qassam" targeted U.S. banks in retaliation after a Muslim film was posted on YouTube