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Hacker groups that attack or steal -- some estimates say there are as many as 6000 of such groups online with about 50,000 "bad actors" around the world drifting in and out of them -- are a threat, but the goals, methods, effectiveness of these groups varies widely.

Malicious activity alert: Anonymous hack-school grads come online in 30 days

When they're angry, they hack into business and government systems to steal confidential data in order to expose information about their targets, or they simply disrupt them with denial-of-service attacks. These are the hackers with a cause, the "hacktivists" like the shadowy but well-publicized Anonymous or the short-lived Lulz Security group (which claimed to have just six members and just joined forces with Anonymous).


 
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The recent compromise of a NATO server by “Team Inj3ct0r” has recently made the news, but, as the media usually do, they did not look any deeper than the website for Inj3ct0r and perhaps a little data as to what the team said in a text doc on the compromised server.

A further examination of the group shows that Inj3ctor has been around since 2008, and has ties to Chinese hackers as well as Russia, Turkey and other countries.