Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ineffective Law Enforcement, Bad Economy Fueling Cybercrime

PC World

Cybercriminals operating worldwide are benefitting from ineffective law enforcement and a growing economic recession that could make jittery people more susceptible to cybercrime scams.

So concludes security firm McAfee in its new report, "Virtual Criminology Report--Cybercrime vs. Cyberlaw." published Tuesday. The report pulls together the opinions of about two dozen legal experts, academic researchers and security-response professionals working as far afield as Britain, continental Europe, the Baltic countries, Brazil, India, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and North America.

"There have been a few cases where cybercriminals have been promptly arrested, but they're usually responsible for the small attacks," says Paulo Lima, a Brazilian lawyer specializing in computer-related crime. "Those responsible for the large operations have never been arrested. The public sector has usually acted in a mitigating manner, attacking the symptom and not the illness -- there is an antiquated system and a completely unprepared law enforcement body."

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