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BAE systems unmasks today's cybercriminals

Nurdianah Md Nur | April 15, 2016
The company’s Unusual Suspects study provides insights on the common types of cybercriminals today.

BAE Systems Unusual Suspects
The six common types of today's cybercriminals. Credit: BAE Systems.

Cybercriminals today fall into six categories, according to the Unusual Suspects research by defence and security company BAE Systems.

Based on the company's defence heritage and deep understanding of the cyber landscape, the study aims to demonstrate the motivations and methods of the most common types of cybercriminals. Aside from exposing how these attackers cause harm to companies, it also includes practical advice on how organisations can protect themselves.

"The Unusual Suspects will provide enterprises with a single, easily understandable resource on how they can defend their businesses from these cybercriminals," said Boye Vanell, Regional Director AsiaBAE Systems Applied Intelligence .

The six prominent types of cybercriminals are:

  • The Insider: Disillusioned, blackmailed or even over-helpful employees operating from within the walls of their own company;
  • The mule: Naive opportunists that may not even realise they work for criminal gangs to launder money;
  • The Professional: Career criminals who work 9 to 5 in the digital shadows;
  • The Nation State Actor: Individuals who work directly or indirectly for their government to steal sensitive information and disrupt enemies' capabilities;
  • The Activist: Motivated to change the world via questionable means;
  • The Getaway: The youthful teenager who can escape a custodial sentence due to their age.

Reinforced commitment to business defence in Singapore

Findings from the Unusual Suspects study were unveiled during the recent opening of the company's Singapore office.

According to BAE Systems, the new office will accommodate the company's growing workforce of cybersecurity and technical experts, while also serving as a strong testament to their commitment to helping organisations in the republic improve their business defence.

"As Singapore embarks on its Smart Nation push, the country will increasingly become connected with the rapid adoption of IoT devices and give rise to cyber threat exposure. Our office expansion enables us to move forward with our mission of helping companies defend themselves through efficient and effective business defence," said Sanjay Samuel, Managing Director, JAPAC at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence.


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