The harsh consequences that businesses suffer as a result of cyber attacks demonstrate that hackers far exceed categorization as just harmless punks. Cyber crime has become the modern day version of organized crime–Tony Soprano with mad computer skills. What many don’t realize is that those on the front line of fighting cyber crime often face serious personal threats–in the digital world and real world.

In this article, Motherboard delves into the stories of those fighting the good fight. Security experts talk about how they experience scare tactics in all forms: from subtle warnings planted in their homes, to menacing phone calls seeming to come from friends’ and relatives’ phone numbers, to bomb threats, to other forms of intimidation.

Read the full story here.