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Online criminal activity

Date: October 08, 2007
By: Jim Carr

It seems as if we see a new form of online criminal activity just about every day. If it isn't a bank's website being taken over by criminals, it's an attempt by a Russian gang to shut down a country's financial infrastructure or a trick to con consumers into downloading executable code hoping to steal passwords.

But how often do we hear about cybercriminals being caught? Not nearly as often.
That begs the question: Do the authorities “get” cybercrime?

“Some do, some don't,” is the way Dan Hubbard, senior director of security and technology research at Websense, puts it.

Solving “cybercrime is not an easy problem and it's growing by leaps and bounds,” Hubbard adds.
At first glance, it might appear the good guys are keeping pace with the bad guys. After all, we often see news indicating that the FBI or some other U.S. government agency has caught and/or successfully prosecuted someone for a so-called cybercrime.

But is that only the tip of the iceberg? “Law enforcement can't catch everyone, they don't have enough resources,” says John Wolfe, director of internet enforcement for the Business Software Alliance (BSA), which combats software piracy.
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