The Internet is a vast universe of discovery, with items of interest for everyone--regardless of your particular curiosity. Unfortunately, this availability often leads to abuse, and sometimes to crime. But, not unlike adolescent discovery, the steps to cybercrime are achieved in stages.
Without access to the Internet the potential for abuse becomes a moot point. It was common, several years ago, to simply advise employers against allowing employees access to the Internet; this is no longer practical. Internet access is an integral part of many businesses, and certainly a part of everyday life.
A recent joint effort by the Computer Security Institute (CSI) and the FBI's Computer Intrusion Squad resulted in the seventh annual 2002 Computer Crime and Security Survey2. More than 500 respondents from U.S. corporations, the U.S. government, medical, financial, and educational institutions revealed that:
Get additional information at: http://www.cybercrime.gov/industryrespond.htm
Cybercrime must be reported, as the Attorney General said: "No matter how hard we work in the Department of Justice, we cannot solve this problem alone. For all our success in prosecuting the cybercrime we know about, we know that much more goes totally unreported. And this is where we need your help.
"Our experience tells us that when a bank is robbed, bank officials call the police. But when valuable commercial information is stolen from computers, only rarely do the victims report this to law enforcement. Why? It could be for a number of reasons. We know from speaking with business managers that they are often embarrassed. Their computers -- which they thought were secure -- were not so secure after all. They fear customer mistrust and competitive disadvantage. And they are afraid that an investigation will disrupt their business.
"We know that a company that does not report cybercrime to law enforcement may find itself in a far worse position than it ever imagined. A company that does not report crime leaves the criminal free to strike again. If a computer hacker has broken into your network and has stolen credit card numbers from your databases or has stolen valuable intellectual property, he may also have created a new backdoor to your network to use if you bar his original path.
"Not reporting the cyber crime also creates incentives for repeat attacks against you. Cybercriminals talk to each other and when you don't report, you are viewed by this community as an easy victim. I would urge you to recognize that when you report incidents of cybercrime, you are not just doing the right thing for the community -- you are also doing something clearly in your own interest.1"
Get additional information at: http://www.cybercrime.gov/reporting.htm
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