Again, all is not well in the US, as Obama seems believing that hackers are causing too much damage. According to media reports, the Obama administration wants teen hackers treated like gangsters.
Obama administration believes that the maximum sentences for hacks have already failed to keep pace with the severity of the actions. They say that hackers are usually members of different sophisticated criminal networks, so they would dispute the claim that hacking can be committed by a lone teen doing that for fun. They also claimed that Secret Service investigations have revealed that complex and sophisticated electronic crimes are almost never committed by a lone individual.
Strangely enough, most of the media reports, telling the stories of the arrests that have occurred recently, involve teens working from their basements. However, Obama administration insists that Internet criminals always organize in networks. Moreover, they are sure that such networks have defined roles for participants to be able to perpetuate ongoing criminal enterprises aimed at stealing commercial information and selling it for profit.
However, if you remember the latest events in the hacking field, you will understand this position doesn’t work for the largest and most public hacker team – Anonymous. This one has no leaders and doesn’t seem making any cash from its hacks at all. This position also doesn’t deal with such cases as that of a British UFO hacker Gary McKinnon, who broke into the US defence network when searching for proof of aliens.
The members of Obama administration who insist on toughening the cybercrime law recently appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee in order to discuss stricter penalties for hacks as it updates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. They seem to believe that the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act needs to be updated in order to make Computer Fraud and Abuse Act offenses subject to its terms. In other words, they suggest to stick Anonymous in the same league as the Mafia, which means that teen hackers could get sentences of millions years long. Meanwhile, Obama administration told the committee that cybercrimes have increasingly become a tool of choice for such crimes as identity theft, extortion and corporate espionage.
|Obama Will Seek Tougher Penalties for Cybercrimes.|
|Posted: 09/13/2011 03:24 by herodotus||Comments: 2|