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Since then, the activities of hacker organizations have declined at a steady rate. Although there are still sporadic times, only five have been reported in 2017, two in 2018, and only zero in the first few months of this year.
Researchers attribute this phenomenon to two factors, first, the demise of anonymous hacker groups, followed by continued high-pressure strikes by law enforcement agencies.
IBM X-Force points out that as a hacker organization that once became a favorite, hacker attacks in the name of anonymity involve nearly 45% of various security vulnerabilities.
Although the organization always puts aside the face of 'for justice', it still cannot hide the facts that it is impossible to discern. In addition, it was attacked by impersonators including elite intelligence agencies, causing its reputation to further stink.
In terms of the type of attack, most of the organizations involved are inefficient things, such as launching a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) to disrupt the normal operation of the website.
In many cases, hacker organizations leak personal information into the public domain and often even innocently for ridiculous reasons.
The move attracted strong attention from law enforcement agencies, which ultimately led to attacks against anonymous and large or small hacker groups such as LulzSec.
X-Force IRIS's tracking data on related arrests shows that since 2011, law enforcement agencies in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Turkey have arrested at least 62 hackers.
However, Singleton pointed out that we suspect that the actual arrests are much larger than the public figures. It is reported that relatively well-known law enforcement actions include -
Anonymous hacker Martin Gottesfeld, who protested against Boston Children's Hospital, James Robinson, who protested police abuse in Ohio, and Deric Lostutter, who leaked a rape case in Kentucky.
In summary, IBM researchers believe that it is currently in a “quiet period” of hacking. However, some people believe that hacktism has not become a climate.