February 19, 2006
Is Any Computer Really Safe?
The Washington Post provides an indepth story of recent computer issues here. The article, titled "The Invasion of Computer Snatchers," looks at whether "botnets" are shaking down companies to purchase protection from computer activities that might hurt their business. The article also examines the far-reaching activities of some botnets and the problems faced by businesses who have had to contend with Phishing and unwanted spam. It is clear in reading this article that law enforcement is far behind the new technology crimes. Once law enforcement does move to arrest and prosecute individuals who may be committing computer crimes, the interesting aspect will be whether 18 U.S.C. sec. 1030, the computer crimes statute, will prove sufficient ti handle new developing technology crimes.
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