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Tag: hacktivism

FBI Agent Says Businesses Aren’t Taking Hackers Seriously Enough

By Tom Espiner
ZDNet Daily Newsletters

Businesses are not taking Anonymous and hacktivism seriously enough, according to an FBI special agent.

The youth of alleged Anonymous hackers, who are often teenagers or in their early twenties, has lead a number of businesses to dismiss the hacking group without taking into account the ramifications of a successful hack, FBI cyber-investigator Eric Strom told the RSA Conference 2012 in San Francisco on Wednesday.

“[Businesses] are taking it too lightly,” said Strom. “A lot of people think it’s a bunch of kids goofing around. In reality it’s not, [hacktivism] can destroy a business.”

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