Once upon a time, hacking was a hobby. Even after it became a business — an extension of good, old blackmail and extortion — it was still conducted in the Internet’s back alleys, the Dark Web, where one can find everything from drugs and firearms for sale, among other things. These days, however, hacking is a quasi-legitimate business (often based in Russia) where professionals publicly offer their services, along with free trials, quotes, guarantees, and 24/7 customer support. Pre-packaged exploit kits and on-line tutorials even allow you to make your own hacks at home.
More than ever, security is important. Diligence and awareness are key.