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Catching Cyber Criminals Yourself

Date: April 24, 2006
By: Ron Condon

Though law enforcement has come a long way in fighting e-crime, its efforts are still only scratching the surface and businesses are learning they must build cases against culprits themselves, says Ron Condon.

One big attraction for anyone getting into cyber crime is the slim chance of getting caught or punished. Many big companies that fall victim, notably the banks, often choose to sweep the event under the carpet rather than face the shame of admitting they have been hacked.

If they catch the culprit, they are likely to let him go free in exchange for keeping his mouth shut. If crimes are reported to the police, they have little chance of being successfully prosecuted. Law enforcement has much higher priorities, and its resources for chasing computer crime are limited.
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