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Web Stalkers
Chapter 5 -
All About Cybercrime

Real-World Case: The Rootkit Attack

This attack had disclosed the entire database of confidential information to an unknown party!  In this case, the company lost its entire database to a competitor and went out-of-business within a month.

Web Privacy Legislation

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is very specific about penalties for anyone who enters a web server without consent.  Section 1030, Fraud and Related Activity in Connection with Computers, makes it a serious crime to break into a website.

How serious is it, really?  It is shocking to discover just how impaired law enforcement officials are, especially in light of the fact that most hack attacks cannot be prosecuted because of:

  • Age of Offender – A large amount of US hackers are under the age of 18.

  • Foreign Origin – Long-arm statutes are largely ineffective in developing countries.

Because of these issues, local, state and FBI enforcement officials will only investigate hack attacks that result in financial losses that exceed $100,000.  Even then, they are often unsuccessful because of the right of juveniles and the lack of cooperation in foreign lands.

Additionally, the ease at which someone can enter the web anonymously is incredible.  For example, at a midtown Manhattan hotel in 2004, it was possible to access 8 wireless routers, none of which required any user ID or password.  This was accomplished in less than 5 minutes!  Had the individual that accessed these routers had malicious intent, it would have been possible to hack a website or start a virus and no one would have known the identity of the perpetrator.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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