Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that some small inroads are being made by law enforcement in fighting cybercrime. For example, in recent weeks signs of progress have come to light, according to headlines such as:
As Churchill might ask: Though this may not be the end, or even the beginning of the end, does it signal the end of the beginning? Not by a long shot.
The underworld market is just too lucrative, the ease of execution too great, the number of willing victims too high.
I am not a criminologist, and I’m not so sure there have been exhaustive studies into the mind of a cybercriminal, but I think the main thing on any criminal’s mind is: “I do not want to get caught!” So why risk pulling a gun on someone, when you can get much more money with far less danger and do it from thousands of miles away?
In any case, though it’s been difficult to catch them, and it is not likely to get much easier, at least some of those apprehended will get time to think about repeating another pushbutton crime.
Victims who have been unable to recover all of their data locked by the REvil ransomware group got a big assist Thursday, as Bitdefender announced the release of a free, universal decryption key to restore their files.
The FTC Health Breach Notification Rule was enacted 10 years ago to protect the privacy and security of consumer health data not covered by HIPAA, but it was never enforced. A policy decision enacted on Sept. 15 will change that.