Survey: Average successful hack nets less than $15,000

The majority of cyber attackers are motivated by money, but make less than $15,000 per successful attack, according to a survey of hackers in the U.S., U.K. and Germany released yesterday by the Ponemon Institute.

The hackers, who were promised anonymity, netted, on average, less than $29,000 a year.

“In the more established countries, that is not a lot of money,” said Scott Simkin, senior threat intelligence manager at Palo Alto Networks, which sponsored the study. “They’re making a quarter of what a cybersecurity professional makes.”

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