Weapon of choice: 10 of the world’s most notorious hacker groups
by Aleesha Matharu, catchnews.com
From Lizard Squad to Hidden Lynx, the internet is awash with groups which are looking to compromise systems – for political gain or simply for the ‘lulz’.
Still, some groups have managed to stay prominent and on the radar of security analysts and governments worldwide. In fact, some even work for the government, carrying out various shadowy tasks for a fee.
That is, if the hackers can be persuaded to feel any kind of loyalty for any state.
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Hackers characteristically take great pride in their ability to circumvent networks, outwit governments and corporates. These groups have stolen money, crippled websites, and made headlines all over the globe.
From attempts to take ISIS off social media, to hacking into nuclear plants, accessing former UK prime minister Tony Blair’s private information and selling secrets to the KGB, these groups have gained a lot of notoriety.
They’ve created holes in systems that seem ridiculously secure, leaving corporates and governments looking like monkeys when it comes to IT security.
Here are 10 of the key players in this new cat-and-mouse game of espionage, sabotage, and warfare: