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BAE Systems Unmasks Today's Cybercriminals

The Unusual Suspects
Defence and security organisation shares insight into the world’s most dangerous digital criminals
BAE Systems has today unveiled some of the biggest threats to businesses by profiling six prominent types of cybercriminals, exposing how they cause harm to companies around the globe, and providing some practical ways that companies can defend against them.
Threat intelligence experts at BAE Systems have revealed ‘The Unusual Suspects’, built on research that demonstrates the motivations and methods of the most common types of cybercriminal. The intention is to help enterprises understand the enemies they face so they can better defend against cyber attack.
The research, which is derived from expert analysis of thousands of cyber attacks on businesses around the world, follows a recent announcement that the Home Secretary, the RT Hon Theresa May MP will establish a Joint Fraud Taskforce, designed to stamp out cyber threats and identify the most wanted financial fraudsters.
Kevin Taylor, Managing Director of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence said: 
“Cybersecurity is now firmly established as a boardroom issue. Our mission is to help businesses defend themselves, and no organisation can do this without knowing who it is defending against. This research is designed to expose cybercriminals by revealing their motivations and methods so businesses can take preventative measures.”
BAE Systems has profiled six cybercriminals:
  • The Mule – naive opportunists that may not even realise they work for criminal gangs to launder money;
  • The Professional – career criminals who ‘work’ 9-5 in the digital shadows;
  • The Nation State Actor – individuals who work directly or indirectly for their government to steal sensitive information and disrupt enemies’ capabilities;
  • The Activist – motivated to change the world via questionable means;
  • The Getaway – the youthful teenager who can escape a custodial sentence due to their age;
  • The Insider – disillusioned, blackmailed or even over-helpful employees operating from within the walls of their own company.
“The research aims to highlight the types of cybercriminals that businesses are up against and provide some practical, real ways to defend against them,” concluded Mr Taylor.
For more information on each of the Unusual Suspects, please visit  
For further information, please contact:
Nick Haigh, BAE Systems
M: 07525 3909782
Notes to editors:
An infographic is available via the following link:
Issued by:
BAE Systems plc
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 384719
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About BAE Systems
At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 83,400 people in over 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence is a business division of BAE Systems that delivers solutions that help clients to protect and enhance their critical assets in the intelligence age. Our intelligent protection solutions combine large-scale data exploitation, ‘intelligence-grade’ security and complex services and solutions integration. We operate in four key domains of expertise: cyber security, financial crime, communications intelligence and digital transformation.
Leading enterprises and government departments use our solutions to protect and enhance their physical infrastructure, mission-critical systems, valuable intellectual property, corporate information, reputation and customer relationships, competitive advantage and financial success.
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