Is a New Policing Group Needed to Deal with Online Cyber Terrorism?

September 11, 2016

In June 2015, Yahoo News had reported breach of election systems of Illinois an Arizona for possibly stealing the data. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the perpetrators may have been probably were Russian state-sponsored hackers, an easy scapegoat in the run up to the US elections. The attack method allegedly was a Denial of Service (DoS) strategy. But how do hackers get access to network of computers and servers and still remain anonymous?

A report published by ABC Net “Thousands of Australian Computer Log Ins Up for Sale on Dark Web” states that

Computers from a federal research network, a peak sporting body, a school and a local council are among tens of thousands of machines which have been hacked and had their login details put up for sale in a Dark Web marketplace.

And if you think that it would cost hundreds of thousands of Bitcoins on Dark Web to control these hacked network of systems, you are in for a shock. Kaspersky, the anti virus centric security firm, which detected the hack says that

Computers like these can be rented by cyber criminals and used to launch attacks against others for as little as $6.

No wonder cyber terrorists , – whether state sponsored or rogue – are able to launch large scale attacks on federal agencies and American corporations with minimal risk and cost. It is evident from the fact that data breaches are becoming increasingly common. The latest victim being DropBox wherein access credentials of 68 million users were leaked.

The key question here is, “Is an international coordinated agency needed to police cyber crime?” Existing organizations seem to be less and less able to deal with breaches. The rallying cry may once again be, “Let’s create more bureaucracy.”

Vishal Ingole, September 11, 2016


One Response to “Is a New Policing Group Needed to Deal with Online Cyber Terrorism?”

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