Cyberspace has become all pervasive. Every facet of a modern life has elements of cyberspace embedded in it. Therefore securing the cyberspace has become a necessity, which can no more be wished away. This space collate the news and views affecting the security of our cyberspace.
09 September 2011
Hackers Are the New Mob: White House Gets Serious on Cybercrime
Speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Associate Deputy Attorney General James Baker and Secret Service Deputy Special Agent in Charge Pablo Martinez explained that sentencing has failed to keep up with the growing seriousness of hacking, and that the administration is calling for the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to be folded into the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
The key to understanding the proposed changes is the new presumption that modern hackers are not acting alone. Martinez told the Committee that "Secret Service investigations have shown that complex and sophisticated electronic crimes are rarely perpetrated by a lone individual," adding that online criminals "organize in networks, often with defined roles for participants, in order to manage and perpetuate ongoing criminal enterprises dedicated to stealing commercial data and selling it for profit" (or, you know, just to cause chaos and show that they can hack into that place someone said they couldn't, but whatever). It's a narrative picked up by Baker, who went even further, saying that "[a]s computer technology has evolved, it has become a key tool of organized crime. Many of these criminal organizations are similarly tied to traditional Asian and Eastern European organized crime organizations."
In addition to reclassifying hacking as an organized crime activity, the White House's proposal seeks the creation of a national data breach standard, replacing whatever various state laws may be in place.