If you rewind the clock back 50 years, the rich were those who had a big bankroll in their pocket. This was before most of us had credit cards. Debit cards were a nice idea and the concept of PayPal was a pipe dream. Fast forward to 2013 and we all know that money is still power, but getting your hands on sensitive data seems to be the way to riches.
Of course stealing secrets is nothing new. The Romans were some of the first to invent rudimentary forms of encryption to send battle plans safely between troops. If you are a spy fan, everything from James Bond, to Get Smart, to the latest television show The Americans, shows how important stealing secrets can be.