A Hacker Profile – Who Are They?

I experienced a presentation by the US Secret Service last week, and they provided the common background they’ve identified in attackers:

  • They may be married and have a family
  • Introverted with a close group of friends
  • Often learned to program at a young age
  • College educated, often in electronics, IT, or physics
  • No social media accounts – to avoid drawing attention
  • Believe that soft drugs, such as marijuana, help them work

Notice that the Secret Service doesn’t specify a gender.

Please forward this to your friends, so they know their adversaries a little bit better.


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