To many, living in the online world means being free – free to work, study or play in the way they want, when they want, how they like it. However, take a closer look and you’ll realise that this idyllic, online utopia isn’t as free, clean and sparkly as it appears to be. While netizens go about their business, a secret battle rages on behind the scenes. As you’re reading this, hackers are scouring the internet for potential targets. These aren’t just your typical credit card scammers – there are real, organised groups out there who are experts at their craft, seeking to perpetuate their own agendas, be it hacktivism, denial of service (bringing down websites or service providers), and stealing personal information, company data – or even state secrets. What is being done to fight against these new enemies?