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They Fought the Law, The Law Won

Brian Honan | July 28, 2015
Reading the headlines relating to cyber-security you would not be blamed for thinking we are in a losing battle against relentless foes.

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Reading the headlines relating to cyber-security you would not be blamed for thinking we are in a losing battle against relentless foes. The breaches at OPM, Ashley Madison, Target, Sony, and many others highlight criminals are consistently looking for ways to breach our defences. It is understandable then why many CISOs may look nervously at their networks wondering if they will be the next victim, or worse, are they already a victim without knowing it.

Even if you detect and repel a cyber-attack against your systems there is the added complication of whether or not to involve law enforcement in the case. For many this brings more work for potentially little return given the difficulty, especially in cross jurisdiction cases, law enforcement can have in attributing the attack, arresting those behind the attack, and for the courts to sentence them. So many companies decide to simply deal with the attack, clean up their systems, and continue with business as usual. For many, involving law enforcement is a timely exercise which may not result in those responsible being brought to justice.

However, recently I've noted a subtle addition to many of the news stories seen in various publications over the past number of weeks. These stories give a glimmer of hope that all is not lost and that cyber-criminals may not be as untouchable as they thought.

Over the past number of weeks we have seen a series of arrests, court cases, and convictions where those who have been involved in cyber-crime have been brought to justice, these include;

 

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