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BAE Systems Unmasks Today's Cybercriminals - Malaysia

The Unusual Suspects
Defence and security organisation shares insight into the world’s most dangerous digital criminals
Kuala Lumpur, 14 April 2016: BAE Systems today unveils some of the biggest cyber theats to Malaysian businesses: The Unusual Suspects report reveals the unseen, threatening, mysterious adversaries businesses must defend against. 
As a part of BAE Systems’ global initiative to increase awareness on potential cyber attacks and help businesses protect against them, The Unusual Suspects profiles the motivations and methods of the most common types of cyber criminal. It exposes how cybercriminals can cause harm to companies around the globe, and provides some practical ways that they can defend against them. 
The research, derived from expert analysis of thousands of cyber attacks from around the world,  profiles six prominent types of cybercriminals, showcasing their motivations and methods. They are: 
1. The Professional – career criminals who ‘work’ 9-5 in the digital shadows;
2. The Nation State Actor – individuals who work directly or indirectly for their government to steal sensitive information and disrupt enemies’ capabilities; 
3. The Insider – disillusioned, blackmailed or even over-helpful employees operating from within the walls of their own company;
4. The Activist – motivated to change the world via questionable means;
5. The Getaway – the youthful teenager who is keen to impress and can escape a custodial sentence due to their age;
6. The Mule – naive opportunists who may not even realise they work for criminal gangs to launder money.
Barry Johnson, Malaysia Country Manager for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence in Kuala Lumpur said: “As Malaysia moves towards greater participation in the digital economy, this will undoubtedly attract and expose the country to more cyber attacks.
“Understanding the motivation and methods of cybercriminals is core to any effective cyber defence. As such, there is a need to create awareness about who they are and equip companies with the necessary tools to defend against them.”
For more information on each of the Unusual Suspects, please visit
Notes to editors:
An infographic is available via the following link:
For further details please contact:
Felicity Walker, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
Issued by:
Edelman Public Relations Worldwide
About BAE Systems
At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced technology defence, aerospace and security solutions.
We employ a skilled workforce of 82,500 people in over 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, our products and services deliver military capability, protect people and national security, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.
At BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, we help nations, governments and businesses around the world defend themselves against cybercrime, reduce their risk in the connected world, comply with regulation, and transform their operations. 
We do this using our unique set of solutions, systems, experience and processes - often collecting and analysing huge volumes of data. These, combined with our Cyber Special forces - some of the most skilled people in the world, enable us to defend against cyber-attacks, fraud and financial crime, enable intelligence-led policing and solve complex data problems.
We employ over 4,200 people across 18 countries in the Americas, APAC, UK and EMEA.For further information about BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, please visit
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