Waiting For A Digital Disaster

from the no-silver-lining dept

There's no question that the current model of law enforcement isn't adequate to deal with cyber-crime, with all its complexity. While there are occasionally high-profile cases, it's a lot harder to patrol an area and prevent day-to-day crimes. At least one FBI agent believes the government won't make the sweeping changes necessary to fight cyber-crime until there's a "digital Enron", an event severe and shocking enough to force the government's hand. It's true that the government tends to react to major events (Enron, 9/11, Katrina) to make changes instead of doing so proactively, and it's disturbing that such critical legislation tends to be made in a time of panic. Rushing Sarbanes-Oxley through, at a time when people were outraged over Enron, clearly had major unseen consequences. It's scary to think what the equivalent of a digital Sarbanes-Oxley would look like, should we ever have a digital Enron.
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    Lay Person, 21 Jul 2006 @ 11:01am

    Re: messenger is a dumbass

    #9 Anonymous Coward is a Dumb and Dumber Dumbass!

    If you were ever in the military, you would know that you can't even take a piss without requesting it through the chain of command. If we took your view, the Nazi generals did what they did, as individuals, because it was not sanctioned. The Nazis weren't a part of it. Rather individual generals and officers acted on their own.

    But history shows that after asking the officers why they did what they did their answer was because they were just following orders.

    See, it was sanctioned, it was the status quo and since we see this very behavior existing to this day, in our own society suggests to me and any other free-thinking individual that yes the Nazis DID WIN THE WAR OF IDEAS.

    Lets not be blind people! Dismissing the actions of our governement as being "for the common good of the homeland" is very similar to dismissing the holocast as being " for the common good of the motherland!"

    Comments like yours, where the government is right just because it's ours, are the biggest threat to our country!

    A government held unaccountable for it's actions is a dictatorship! Autonomously exerting it's will and power.

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