Eastern European Hackers Called More Sophisticated

A new report from a cyber security firm has concluded that Eastern European hackers are launching more sophisticated attacks on U.S. businesses than their Asian counterparts, in part because hackers in Russia and nearby countries work in a more nimble, mercenary fashion. The report from Tokyo-based Trend Micro Inc. compares two of the main sources of global computer attacks -- and finds distinct differences, notably that the Eastern European hackers are more often “hired guns’’ trying to steal money, while East Asian hackers tend to be part of larger organizations intent on swiping corporate or government secrets.