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Re: Does Crime Pay More on the Web?
Posted by: Mark W. Vigoroso 2002-01-15 14:29:18
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The anonymity of the Internet and the potential for higher rewards for criminals has
fueled an alarming increase in cybercrime activity in recent years. Many analysts
believe that ill-equipped law enforcement officials will remain one step behind online
lawbreakers unless they mount a more comprehensive counterattack. "If you're talking
about physical assets, you can only steal so much due to physical limitations,"
SecurityFocus CEO Arthur Wong told the E-Commerce Times.

Re: Does Crime Pay More on the Web?
Posted by: jluster 2002-01-16 12:15:54 In reply to: Mark W. Vigoroso
> "The anonymity of the Internet and the
> potential for higher rewards for criminals"

The misconception in this case is obvious. Even though there's a natural limitation to the extent and speed in which someone can learn his attacker's identity, there is no anonymity on the net. The anonymity myth has been coined by less than professional investigators and self-proclaimed security experts to excuse their own inability to track and prosecute attacks.

In the "real world," most crimes seem to be unsolvable and "perfect" in a layman's eyes at first, but amazingly enough, the professionalism and expertise of forensic analysts, police work and crime scene study gets them bad boys in jail in most cases.

The same is true for criminal conduct on the net. Sure, for the untrained, the self-proclaimed and the CISSP, crimes may seem unsolvable, due to lack of expertise and mutual respect in the network and security community, but for the professionals, the trained, the experienced, much crime does not look that unsolvable at all.

As every criminalist learns, every crime leaves its traces, and every motivation has its surrounding symptoms. It is not that hard to establish and maintain relationships that allow an in-depth investigation. The lone wolf and the inflated ego, however, will always fail.

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