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cybercrime funds organized crime

Organized crime has, since the early 19th century, used a sophisticated network structure to insulate its activities from information and prosecution. The application of information technology has amplified the capacity of these networks and offered some new business opportunities, according to U.S. federal law enforcement officials. In addition to run of the mill scams, criminal networks are selling packaged hacking toolkits and malware, information about exploits and ready-to-use botnets. But according to the assistant U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, the U.S. legal apparatus is responsing with classic counter-network insurgency techniques – forging transnational alliances, sharing information and upgrading laws to account for cyber crime.

A note of caution: while the U.S. government is unlikely to use stronger crybercrime laws against non-criminals, many governments would be glad to turn laws designed to destabilize organized crime into weapons against opposition political groups, whose sole refuge might be digital networks.

2 Responses to “cybercrime funds organized crime”

  1. […] information security: part 1 Despite a booming volume business for botnets on the black market, herders are beginning to break up swarms and spread them across […]

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