Blog 7: Cyber Crime

This blog focuses on cybercrime, I would focus more on political dimensions on cyber security and cyber war in class. Cybercrime remains a crucial component in the larger framing of cybersecurity thus I would like you to watch the two/three video presentations and article on cyber security/cyber crime hosted on the Google Drive and discuss how you feel cybercrime is challenging established legal and security norms in the United States as well as the rest of the world.

Deadline: Midnight 6/27

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One thought on “Blog 7: Cyber Crime

    Chester Hojnicki said:
    June 27, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    During James Lyne’s TedTalk on everyday cyber crime, he introduced a few alarming facts about the internet and the prevalence of malicious viruses. Lyne estimated that there are approximately 250,000 new pieces of malware that are discovered every day, and 30,000 websites are infected on a daily basis. With so many new pieces of malicious software being created in such a short time, it becomes extremely difficult for governing bodies to ensure the security of personal user information from falling into the hands of cyber criminals. Before looking at what exactly is being done to combat this phenomenon from a governance standpoint, I believe that one must first examine both the definition of cyber crime as well as the cyber criminal. In the video on the Dark World of Cybercrime, Cybercrime is defined as an act of hacking carried out by a person who is seeking financial gain. The history of cybercrime can ultimately traced back to the early days of the internet where the first cyber criminals used hacking because of poor access to important and necessary goods. This directly supports the idea of technology as a force multiplier, in the sense that it allows for the leveling of the economic playing field by extracting valuable personal information in an illicit manor. It is here where we reach the problem regarding the adoption of policies that battle cybercrime on the national and international level. In the United States, the government is charged with the task of preventing cyber attacks as well as providing a solution that prohibits the enterprise of cyber crime. Although the government has been relatively effective when dealing with domestic cybercrime, the lack of coordination between countries at the international level still allows for foreign hackers to attack internet users. I believe that James Lyne provides a statement that reflects this problem well when he discusses how cyber laws are national, but cybercrime is international. An example of lack of coordination amongst governments can be seen in the case of Russian and Chinese hackers who are often treated with leniency by their government as long as they do not attack any domestic businesses. This directly shows why there has been a great deal of uncertainty regarding a universal form internet governance, as the prohibition of cybercrime is both a legal and inherently political challenge. If the United States truly seeks to solve the problem of cybercrime on an international level, then they must be willing to cooperate with foreign governments in a way that will satisfy all parties. However, with such widely varying political, social and economic agendas it seems as though the creation of a uniform internet governance system is something that will take a great deal of compromise and time to create.

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