The Web Hacking Incidents Database just published its 2008 report. It is worth a read. Here are a few facts:
- 19% steal information in order to sell it = profit
- 24% deface a website (i.e. change its homepage with a message)
- 5% is phishing
The attacks originate for 66% from North America, 16% from Europe, 6% Asia, which is probably a reflection of internet access and use.
and Government websites & co represent 32% of the victims. Two explanations here: Government got sensitive information (hence theft and fraud) and they represent the law (thus issue of politics or hactivism)
for a partial translation in French see Journal du Net (March 2009)