There still lingers an undeserved mystery around cyberattacks. A romantic mythology born in the 1980s of a “rebel with a modem,” preserving freedom of information or simply hacking to prove that they can.

Today, a few hackers may be ideologically motivated, but the majority of attacks are financially-driven crimes. This is seen most clearly in the rise of ransomware; no mystery, just pure and simple extortion.

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