Computer Hackers Will Always Be Ahead Of The Law

The United States Government, Playboy, Western Union, Creditcards.com and CD Universe are just a few of thousands of businesses and government departments that have been hacked into resulting in over a billion dollars of damages per year and climbing. The number of hackings will continue to climb because finance to hackers and organization by hackers will keep hackers ahead of the law.
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The United States Government, Playboy, Western Union, Creditcards.com and CD Universe are just a few of thousands of businesses and government departments that have been hacked into resulting in over a billion dollars of damages per year and climbing. The number of hackings will continue to climb because finance to hackers and organization by hackers will keep hackers ahead of the law.

Playboy's nightmare began when a hacker broke into the company's database and stole the company's customer credit card and personal information. Playboy was then extorted over a period of months with the thief brazenly taunting law enforcement officials and company executives. The thief unfortunately could not be traced.


Kevin Mitnick

Majority of Hackers Are Never Caught

The news is quick to showcase the achievements of law enforcement agencies when they achieve an occasional victory against hackers, however most highly sophisticated hackers are NEVER caught and most also NEVER spend a day behind bars. This fact has led to the continual question of:

Why Are Hackers Able to Get Away From Capture So Easily?

The Answer

Pundits may debate what authorities already know and that is the Internet has created an extremely elite, intelligent and sophisticated group of criminals who are very well funded and extremely more technologically advanced than most law enforcement officials will ever be. Simply put, hacking is a world class business.

How Do The Hackers Do It?

Cleaning the Crime Scene

Experienced hackers are able to escape investigators by bouncing between multiple servers before executing an attack. Once they have captured the credit card information, the thieves immediately delete the log files on the servers that they have passed through to get there. Research shows that about 10% of hackers are able to operate consistently in this fashion and successfully elude capture all their lives.


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Speed

Speed is the hackers primary weapon. As the hackers are being pursued, the government must obtain records that require subpoenas and additional time delays. Even though the FBI may be able to get a subpoena relatively quickly, the process of serving the company is time consuming. By then, the hacker has been terrorizing the hacked company for months with no traces or is sitting on an island sipping margaritas purchased by your credit card.

The Government's Response

In recent years, the FBI has stepped up its offense against cyber crimes by creating a cybercrime unit within the FBI and President Bush added new federal prosecutors nationwide to address the problem. These attempts may increase the presence however will not slow down the problem as even more people cross into this illegal business.

The fact of the matter is that there are simply not enough resources dedicated to catching these criminals. To catch these people, you must employ these people. You must give them a sense of fulfillment by working with you to catch others like them. This is an approach law enforcement has been somewhat reticent to take. Law enforcement will often require specific educational credentials and work experience. Meanwhile, a 19 year old hacker with no education and no work experience hacks into the United States Government's database.


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Some Recent Prominent Hacks

  1. Playboy - Undisclosed number of credit card numbers stolen - EXTORTED
  2. Ecount - Personal customer information stolen - EXTORTED
  3. Western Union - 15,000 card number stolen
  4. Creditcards.com - 55,000 credit card numbers stolen - EXTORTED
  5. Egghead.com - 3.7 million credit cards exposed
  6. CD Universe - 350,000 card numbers posted - EXTORTED

The Solution

The solution is not simple and cyber crimes will never be eradicated. The government however must look to expand the cyber crimes divisions at the local and federal level. Law enforcement must also look to employ the services of the young, sharp, sophisticated hackers before they decide to cross the line of legality and engage in illegal hacking. These people will help increase security measures for companies and help apprehend some of the hackers that continue to terrorize companies and individuals on a daily basis.

34 Comments

6 years 49 weeks ago, 8:20 AM

Anonymous

As far as I'm concerned the U.S.government is the most inept organization in the world. It consists of thieves and crooks and the most useless people in the world bar none.

6 years 49 weeks ago, 8:52 AM

Anonymous

Take a look at Russia.

6 years 49 weeks ago, 9:20 AM

Anonymous

Don't forget about China, where it is accepted that there are generally considered to be two governments. The first is the official government that is rooted in red tape and bureaucracy. The second is the background government, run by bribes and graft. From what I've read, the bribes and graft carry from the lowest levels (city and county) to the highest levels (national). The only way to actually get anything done is via the background government which means greasing some palms with cash.

6 years 49 weeks ago, 9:18 AM

Anonymous

{As far as I'm concerned the - December 13, 2007 - 8:20am}

{As far as I'm concerned the U.S.government is the most inept organization in the world. It consists of thieves and crooks and the most useless people in the world bar none.}

My answer =

As far as I'm concerned you need to live.. there.. over there.. out there.. away from USA... then after several years come back and place your words as you will, you see.. your insolence here has done nothing to you.. your insolence there would get you a prime time seat in public and your beheading would be televised.. you'd be on TV.

6 years 48 weeks ago, 6:04 AM

Anonymous

Yes, and Bush is the #1 criminal.

6 years 49 weeks ago, 8:58 AM

Anonymous

Governments (read:

Governments (read: bureaucracies) will always be inept at dealing with this sort of thing. If they want to change things, they need to change the way they operate. Everything works like the fucking DMV, that is, horrifically inefficient and wildly incompetent.

6 years 49 weeks ago, 9:20 AM

Anonymous

lol haxed

lol haxed

6 years 49 weeks ago, 9:27 AM

Anonymous

bureaucracies

governments, companies and other such organizations will always be outgunned in this field for the simple reason that it costs them money to hire experts (who are either inept or are black hat double agents) to defend against what a hobbiest is doing, for free, in his spare time using knowledge that, in most cases, is hard to come by in the business world. Legit organizations have to act withing a certain code of ethics whereas hackers' ethics are not so well defined.

6 years 49 weeks ago, 9:47 AM

Anonymous

And here I'm getting 2

And here I'm getting 2 charges (both are felonies and carry a minimum 4 years of prison time) for "selling a device that grants the use of a network without prior permission or payment to the provider".

6 years 49 weeks ago, 10:09 AM

Anonymous

Not a hacker

Kevin Mitnick. Not a hacker. One very gifted social engineer and phone phreaker. But this is who the public sees. Most forget windows started as someone else's operation system that Bill Gates BOUGHT and hacked for his need.

6 years 49 weeks ago, 10:11 AM

Anonymous

Manifesto

This is our world now. The world of the electron and the switch; the beauty of the baud. We exist without nationality, skin color, or religious bias. You wage wars, murder, cheat, lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals. Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop me, but you can't stop us all.

6 years 49 weeks ago, 6:24 PM

Anonymous

WTG

Well said, keep it up

6 years 48 weeks ago, 9:28 AM

Anonymous

yawwwnn...

Heard it before. Wasn't impressed the first time.

Want to be a big time criminal and make real money? Start a religeon. The gov. can't friggin' touch you.

6 years 48 weeks ago, 1:34 PM

Anonymous

The Manifesto does not

The Manifesto does not condone the stealing of credit cards.
Stupid Script Kiddies

6 years 49 weeks ago, 10:12 AM

Anonymous

Governments have power in numbers but paperwork and protocols keep them one step behind hackers.

Hackers > (# of feds / bureaucracy)

6 years 49 weeks ago, 10:15 AM

Anonymous

VW

My server was recently hacked and used to host a fake website offering viagra so they can steal credit card #'s. The website was very professional. I deleted all the files and the site was still running. I dont know how??? I had to redo the server.

6 years 49 weeks ago, 10:35 AM

Anonymous

Doublespeak

Until the media learns to differentiate between a "hacker" and a "malicious hacker" then no one is safe.... then again government is #1 at taking something simple and complicating it and they get to make the rules so get used to more of the same. ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US

6 years 49 weeks ago, 11:05 AM

Anonymous

There is a major difference between a 'hacker' and a 'cracker'. Media should be ashamed on its laziness. I don't think the words "crackers" and "defaced" are so difficult to remember.

As far as being ahead of the law is concerned, the government can't really do much about this 'cause they simply can't hire each and every security expert of the world. If the investigators are skilled, crackers aren't stupid people.

6 years 49 weeks ago, 11:40 AM

Anonymous

Although my experience goes back 10 years, one of the reasons that no one is caught is that the government does not have the people qualified to do a real investigation. The lead FBI investigator could barely use a web browser. Good computer security people cost serious money. Until the government figures out a way to recruit and keep these people, I don't expect any progress in this. The one's they do manage to catch are so blatant, that it would be hard not to catch them.

6 years 49 weeks ago, 12:03 PM

Anonymous

Invest in whitehats

If hackers are always ahead of the curve, then these huge companies with deep pockets should be investing in whitehat hackers to combat the blackhats. Only a hacker knows how other hackers operate.

6 years 49 weeks ago, 6:32 PM

Anonymous

Horrible article, thanks for demonizing the people that actually try to make things better and safer. Next time do some actual research.

6 years 49 weeks ago, 8:20 PM

Anonymous

um

i find the word hacker to be vague, i love its uses. i have been hacking my whole life: its called living off my parents for 22 years. Point,people use terms like hacker, cracker-jacker, server-smacker, but the truth is they are only only substitutive terms for something so complex and above all else that to qualify it by a simple lexicon of 4,6 or 7 words is the thing of science fiction and philosophy.

6 years 48 weeks ago, 8:09 AM

Anonymous

What about the fact that China is using hackers to attack the US?

6 years 45 weeks ago, 10:14 AM

Anonymous

Interesting article. Scary to see such big companies being compromised.

6 years 41 weeks ago, 2:40 PM

Anonymous

or Organizations. The image of the teenage hackers is sustained so that people think that they are not being hacked by big brother.

It is a myth that hackers cannot be traced, Do you really think that Al-quaeda post from Afghanistan or Iraq? On who's Server does al-quaeda maintain their website?

We are living in an age of major disinformation and our knowledge of what's really going on will shrink to nullity. They will tell us what to think.

6 years 40 weeks ago, 9:37 AM

Anonymous

Also, this is why keeping customer databases to violate privacy is not a good thing. We should honour privacy and release minimal information to others.

Yes, hackers are and will always be above and beyond the law.

And yes, it does take a hacker to beat a hacker. I don't see why the government is reluctant to employ people who have experience.

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