Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The full weight of the law falls on cybercrime

“At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.” This is how Aristotle emphasized the essential role of law in society. Unfortunately, some people insist on moving away from their nobility and show the worst side of human beings.

For example, that is the case of those who look for vulnerabilities in all kinds of technologies in order to exploit them later. Some weaknesses as the ones found by researchers in mobile roaming networks would allow a malicious hacker to intercept user communications in such networks quite easily.

Another sample of human meanness is the distribution of banking Trojans. This type of malware often steal login credentials to bank accounts or catch user’s credit card data to be subsequently used by cybercriminals. In countries like Japan, is a booming trend. In fact, it is estimated that the cost of unauthorized banking operations in that country so far this year amounts to a whopping figure of ten billion euros.

Fortunately, the majority of us respect the law. Moreover we have among us people who devoted themselves to pursue those who break the law. The U.S. Department of Justice announced last weekend the result of an international operation which disrupted a global botnet that distributed the dangerous "Gameover Zeus" banking trojan and the "CryptoLocker" ransomware. In addition, the F.B.I. has included a new guy on its "most wanted" list. This is the Russian Evgeniy Bogachev, known online as "lucky12345" and "slavik", accused of being involved in the attack on more than one million computers.

In Spain, 5,054 people were arrested last year accused of committing cybercrimes. Nevertheless just 5% of the 42,437 cybercrime incidents were clarified. In this sense, it seems urgent to work harder so that the full weight of law falls on cybercriminals.

Also in Sweden, it was recently arrested Peter Sunde, one of the founders of sharing-files website The Pirate Bay. He was convicted of violating copyright laws, although some people may probably disagree, and he had spent two years as a fugitive from justice.

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