Bruce Sterling on Cybersecurity [9:15 pm]
“Bagel and Mydoom are the future of virus-writing because they have a business model,” he said. “Those are organized crime activities. … These are crooks.” [...]
[...] “This is the birth of a genuine, no-kidding, for-profit … multinational criminal underworld,” he said. “I don’t see any way it can’t happen. We’re going to end up getting pushed around by bands of international electronic thieves in a very similar way to the way we’ve been pushed around by gangs of international Mafia and international Mujahideen terrorists.”
[...] With cyberthreats likely to rise, the U.S. government needs to focus on enforcement of existing laws, including antifraud laws, Sterling said. He praised New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who prosecuted Buffalo spammer Howard Carmack earlier this year, as well as other white collar criminals. Although virus writers and many spammers break existing laws, most prosecutors seem reluctant to take on computer cases, Sterling said
“In my opinion, we need a thousand guys like (Spitzer),” Sterling said.”We’ve got a ridiculous amount of computer laws.”
Is it possible that our Attorney General has misdirected our federal law enforcement resources in the face of a clear and present threat? Naaaaahhhhh, nobody would make the same mistake twice, would they?
See, for example, Gartner: Phishing on the rise in U.S.