Modern hackers have not changed their tools and techniques, they are just more highly motivated to illegally intrude into other people's systems, according to the Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab.
David Emm, a senior researcher from the company’s global research and analysis wing, said that the growing number of cybercriminals worldwide has primarily resulted from the society’s increased inclination on technology for handling financial, as well as personal data.
"It's no accident that cybercrime really didn't start to appear until 2003-04. Because really up until that point, we didn't routinely do all the stuff online that involved moving money around - transactions, banking and shopping and so on," said Emm, Comms Express (opens in new tab) reports.
"That's where we've been for the last seven years, it is a malware landscape dominated by cybercrime," he added.
This claim by Kaspersky follows recent research conducted by another global security firm, McAfee Labs, which revealed that the first 3 months of this year have witnessed at least six million unique malware samples, a figure far above any previous year.
The research by McAfee predicted that at the current rate, the overall number of malware samples will exceed 75 million by the end of the year.