Today's cyber attacks are not a macho game or virtual vandalism. Be it malware or targeted, an attack these days generally has the pursuit of money -- and the power, luxuries, and trappings it provides -- at its core. Attacks such as Aurora, which began in 2009 but dominated the news in early 2010, pursued intellectual property. Other malware attacks seek money, proprietary information such as credit cards and, in the United States, social security numbers, and confidential corporate information and trade secrets. For many hackers, creating havoc-inducing code is a big-number business. Websites listing the results of their ill-gotten gains flourish, and governments have a challenge tracking down these criminals who frequently operate offshore using technologies that make them difficult to pin-down.