The faces of hackers: The wanted poster of Maksim Viktorovich Yakubets, also known as AQUA, who’s one of two alleged Russian hackers that U.S. and U.K. Law enforcement officials announced warrants for their arrests at the U.S. Department of Justice last December in Washington, D.C. Today’s columnist, Torsten George of Centrify, says hackers are no longer hooded figures in dark rooms. They may look like normal businesspeople or even the teenage kid next door. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

When someone gets notified that they have been impacted by a data breach, many people picture a hooded figure in a dark basement with lines of code streaming across a computer screen. Contrary to popular belief, cyberattacks are rarely carried out by a sophisticated cyber-assassin looking to destroy a business. Most of the time they look like the newest hire in the accounting department, the grocery clerk at the local supermarket, or the teenage kid next door. 

Simply put, cyber adversaries no longer hack in – they just log in. Anyone with access to the internet and a nefarious mindset can become a hacker. Weak, stolen, or otherwise compromised credentials create an easy doorway for those with little-to-no experience in the cyberworld.

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