Hackers may target any IT operation for any reason.
Many hackers, of course, are in it for the money. (This includes some Anonymous hackers.) They will aim for customer account numbers or other data of direct monetary value. But many hackers, including some of the most sophisticated, are in it for a mixture of more indirect motives. These include notoriety, the sheer thrill of the chase, and increasingly, a vague but militant political agenda.
-- Rick Robinson, freelance writer
Note: emphasis is mine.
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