Saturday, December 7, 2013

Mum, when I grow up, I want to be a cyber policema

Mum, when I grow up, I want to be a cyber policeman

“It is a lot harder now to be a police officer than what it used to be” once said U.S. action actor Steven Seagal. Indeed it is certainly true that cybercrime puts it increasingly difficult to police.

Fortunately, the police forces are more and better prepared to deal with such threats which are easily spread around the globe. Therefore, to combat them it is required a high level of coordination between different countries, institutions and private sector. In fact, collaboration between the FBI, the Europol and a number of technology companies like Microsoft, has been indispensable to the partial takedown of the ZeroAccess botnet, which was mainly focussed in stealing user data and increasing advertising spending through fraudulent clicks.



It was probably much easier for the Police to arrest more than a hundred robbers involved in this week's lootings in the city of Córdoba (Argentina), who posted photos of their booty on their Facebook profiles. What a stupid idea they had!

Sometimes technology companies are the ones that hold the key to stop Internet threats. In this sense, Google said that it was possible to drastically reduce the number of spam and phishing attacks thanks to the efforts on the development of e-mail authentication standards over the last decade.

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