Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Cyber Crime Do it Yourself Prevention

Analysis: How to catch a cyber criminal? Do it yourself - silicon.com. This story looks at the lack of knowledge, resources, manpower and will to track down and prosecute online crime perpetrated against companies and consumers by hackers, phishing, spoofing, spyware and other forms of criminal activity online.

The lack of trained cyber crime fighters has lead many companies to take an active role in chasing down crooks that have hacked into their networks or successfully phished personal information via spoof sites and emails to consumers.

Not many individuals will have the knowledge or ability to track down criminals that often attack remotely via computer or foreign hosted web sites.

Thirty countries participating with the Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) is now joining forces with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US to combat spam, but very little is being done to stop major crime involving hacking, data theft, spyware or phishing crimes leading to financial loss through identity theft.

This story makes it apparent that nobody seems to know what to do about privacy and security issues beyond passing the buck and cover your assets type of activity by corporations worried about data breach reporting laws. It seems that cyber crime requires both international reach and a global will to overcome online criminal activity and privacy protection.

Will the OECD/FTC spam fight escalate to serious crime or concentrate only on the annoyance of junk email?

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posted by RealitySEO at 2:08 PM


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