Asked which types of employees they would most likely target first in order to gain login credentials for a particular company, 40% of the hackers polled indicated they would start with a contractor. This is especially relevant, given that Edward Snowden was a contractor, and used his privileged access to steal sensitive NSA documents.
Additionally, 30% of respondents would first target IT administrators, highlighting the importance of locking down access controls to privileged accounts.
Other key findings from the survey include:
- More than half (51%) of hackers say their actions are motivated by fun/thrill seeking, while only 18% say they are motivated by financial gain.
- Meanwhile, 29% claim they are motivated by social consciousness or a moral compass.
- 99% of respondents believe that simplistic hacking tactics such as phishing are still effective.
- 53% of hackers do not believe users are learning to avoid such tactics.
Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.