How is Law Enforcement Helping to Fight Cyber Crime?
In the first half of 2014 cyber crime has continued to wreak havoc and dominate the headlines. The cyber criminals have attacked organizations of all sizes and nearly every industry since the beginning of the year. Law enforcement is now taking an active stand against cyber crimes and has stepped up its forces arresting individuals and criminal organization. The efforts have resulted in numerous arrests, convictions, and indictments.
Law enforcement cyber criminal units scan the Internet for raw cyber data generated through social media, blogs, security information, end-user submissions, and data feeds. By transforming the cyber data into CyberFacts analysts can tell who’s behind the attacks. The information identifies the person and who they are targeting, what the impact of the attack will be, and how they plan to attack.
The U.S. government is serious about stopping cyber criminals and have now partnered with other governments worldwide to break up global botnets, malware creators, and anyone who engages in espionage. It is too soon to tell if the efforts by law enforcement agencies will help stop cyber espionage, cyber criminal behavior, or hacktivists.
Since January 2014 law enforcement agencies have:
- Brought criminal charges to 78 percent of the cyber criminals, arrested 15 percent of the suspected hackers, and intervened with 2 percent of the cyber criminal identified.
- The joint efforts of the FBI, international law enforcement agencies, and security vendors located and dismantled the GameOver Zeus botnet. A Russian hacker was charged with creating and operating the botnet and has been brought up on charges by the Department of Justice.
- Across multiple law enforcement agencies in the U.S., Asia, and Europe have arrested dozens of people who were using the Blackshades malware.
- The cyber criminal known as the “Nuclear Black Hat” was arrested by the U.S. government for his participation of conspiring and hacking into the government systems.
- A teenage hacker associated with the Heartbleed stole 900 social insurance number was arrested in Canada by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
- A ring of Chinese military hackers was arrested by the U.S. Department of Justice for their role in targeting six U.S. based nuclear power, solar energy, and Metals Company.
- Timothy French was arrested by the FBI and Department of Justice for his participation in the hacking group NullCrew for posting user names and passwords online.
- The hacker known as “Guccifer” was charged by the Virginia Federal Grand Jury for breaking into U.S. government officials’ social media accounts. The hacker was charged with unauthorized computer access, aggravated identity theft, wire fraud, and stalking.
- John Bennet the hacker “Lorax” was arrested and charged by the Australian government for hacking the database of AAPT. The charges were for stealing addresses, phone numbers, and credit card and Medicare numbers.
These are just a few of the high-profile cases that joint law enforcement agencies have cracked down on since the beginning of the year. There are thousands other smaller cases pending and the governments around the world won’t stop fighting cyber crime. It is also up to you to protect yourself against cyber criminals by protecting your wireless connection, passwords, and using a good antivirus.