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According to the Secureworks State of Cybercrime Report 2018, the bulk of cybercrime-related damage around the globe is perpetrated by a small group of well-organized, dangerous, and covert criminal groups. What’s worse, the report shows that the boundary between a nation-state and cybercriminal actors is becoming increasingly blurred as the former learns about the tools and techniques employed by the latter and vice/versa.

The report shows that these groups are avoiding the dark web where at all possible to evade detection by threat research and government law enforcement groups, employing highly sophisticated tactics such as social engineering and ransomware. As we move forward into 2019, these threats will likely only become more advanced and harder to detect, requiring authorities and private citizens alike to invest in heightened protection, training, and deterrences.

Blurring the Lines

When it comes to cybercrime and terrorism, the reports show that criminals are typically more common. Norwich University’s online resources illuminate the overall breakdown: 67 percent cybercrime, 20.8 percent hacktivism, 9.8 percent espionage, and 2.4 percent warfare.

“In other words,” they write, “civilians and professional or personal computers are the most likely targets, not national systems.”

Nevertheless, these groups are hitting state systems, as illustrated via the hack that crippled the …

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