What are the major motivations of those who commit cybercrime?
The ability to remain anonymous is perhaps the major motivation behind cybercrime, beyond this what drives people to commit cybercrime. I am looking for insight into other major motivating factors besides the ability to remain anonymous.
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In all manner of crime, criminals are motivated by the prospect of getting something for nothing, or in a word, theft.
For a criminal, rather than earning, stealing is considered an appropriate means to garner wealth. Certainly the anonymity of theft over the Internet presents a thief with the perceived added advantage of not being discovered, but that advantage has been diminishing as more and more on-line activity is monitored.
Whether confiscating someone's identity and making fraudulent purchases in cyberspace, or sticking up a bank in real space, the motivation of theft is the same. The motivation has not changed; only the method.
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