Police Team Up With Guardian Angels Of The Net

from the defenders-of-the-net dept

Although politicians some times like to talk tough about cracking down on cyber-crime, there's little question that for the most part, law enforcement has been ineffective at doing much about it. There are all kinds impediments facing law enforcement bodies, such as jurisdictional issues and matters of scale (investigating and prosecuting an individual is an expensive, arduous task, while it's only getting cheaper and easier to launch attacks). The alternative, then, to traditional law enforcement is cyber-vigilantism. That was the idea behind Blue Security, a company whose strategy, some argued, amounted to launching denial-of-service attacks against spammers. Of course, Blue Security ultimately lost the battle, when, last summer, it came under a denial-of-service attack of its own launched by vengeful spammers. Increasingly, law enforcement is looking at a blended approach that combines legal methods alongside cyber-vigilantism. In London, the police have been joining up with such groups, although it's taking a cautious approach. The police, of course, want to be sure it's only allying with groups operating completely within the letter of the law, and its wary that wars between attackers and vigilantes could result in collateral damage to the networks that play the role of battleground. Still, it seems likely that such cooperation will continue. The traditional methods of the police force clearly seem inadequate, while the vigilantes should be able to benefit from a cloak of legitimacy that the police force can provide. The key will be in developing tools and practices to make the partnerships useful.

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    billy, 19 Jan 2007 @ 7:46am

    The Computer Illiterate

    The spammers would have largely less resources if there weren't so many people on the net with seriously infected and seriously open (read vulnerable) machines.
    If everyone expressed due diligence as they should while online with regards to anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewalls, the world (read internet) would be a much safer place.

    However, I know the more time goes on, the more stupid people will leave severely vulnerable machines online more often. And, I realize that there are programs that cannot be found currently by other programs like anti-virus and such.
    I am sure that it is impossible to secure everything and remove all of the bots.
    I cannot say that the public is not informed, I see warnings about new viruses and stuff like that all the time.
    I can only hope that in a generation or two when I am about 40 to 50 (depending on your definition of a generation), the world will be more technologically adept (see congress people examples from tech dirt for reasons behind that) and more secure. I feel I can say this by studies that were posted on the Wired site showing that the avg length and complexity of passwords has been increasing over time. And I also acknowledge that I cannot directly tie more complex passwords to increased computer security knowledge.
    I am just hoping

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