The evolution of threat actors

In an interconnected world, the digital landscape has become the breeding ground for opportunities and dangers. Cybercriminals have taken advantage of this evolution every step of the way and have become more prevalent. As a result, all organizations are now targets. Staying one step ahead is imperative. For organizations to protect themselves and their assets effectively, they need to understand how threat actors adapt and refine their strategies. 

The 2023 Cybersecurity Awareness Month’s theme celebrates 20 Years of Cybersecurity Awareness. In relevance, we want to look back on the past 20 years to shed light on the significance of understanding a few prominent threat actors’ evolutions.

Threat actors in the early 2000s

During the early 2000s, the internet was crawling with cybercriminals and script kiddies as primary threat actors. A script kiddie is a cybercriminal who uses existing code or computer scripts to hack into a computer. They usually lack the knowledge to come up with it on their own.


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