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Overview of the Types of Cyber Attackers

September 4, 2018 | Content Aggregator - Single Slide | Threat Intelligence and Modeling

The advent of low-cost hacking tools is widening the attacker landscape. According to Swiss RE Economic Research and Consulting, the four main groups of cyber attackers are amateurs, hacktivists, organized crime and state-sponsored actors, each with different levels of resources at their disposal, motivations and sophistication levels.


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