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Mcafee 2008 Virtual Criminology Report

Mcafee 2008 Virtual Criminology Report

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Virtual Criminology Report
Cybercrime Versus Cyberlaw
The annual McAee global study on organized crime and the Internetin collaboration with leading international security experts.
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 Cybercrime is a growing problem that negatively impacts everybody. While a lot has beendone to combat cybercrime over the past decade, criminals still have the upper hand. Someexperts have argued that a cyberattack could be more economically devastating than thephysical attacks on September 11, 2001, so clearly something has to change. This year’s
Virtual Criminology Report 
discusses what actors can drive that change.Global cybercrime has a signicant nancial impact on businesses and consumers acrossthe globe, while wider use o technology in developing countries is urther opening thewindow o opportunity or evildoers.As part o McAee’s eort in the ght against global cybercrime, we recently launched theMcAee Initiative to Fight Cybercrime, a wide ranging initiative aimed at closing criticalgaps in the battle against cybercrime. Although we have new cybercrime laws, and recentindictments, we believe there’s still more progress to be made.You’re about to read our ourth annual
Virtual Criminology Report.
This year the reportdiscusses the extent to which cyberwar is winning the battle over cyberlaw. It highlightsexactly why the McAee Initiative to Fight Cybercrime is needed.For this report, we consulted with more than a dozen security specialists rom top institu-tions across the globe. These individuals, who are also on the ront lines in the daily ghtagainst cybercrime, were invited to comment on the extent to which cyberlaw is keepingup with the crimes being committed, and provide insight into how we can actually ght–and win – the battle against the perpetrators o cybercrime.The conclusions? Read on or the details, but at the highest level the experts agree thatinternational action on cybercrime law, enorcement, prosecution and judging is needed.Fighting cybercrime is a 24/7 battle, a global battle, and it’s only just begun.Dave DeWaltPresident & CEOMcAee Inc.
ForewordIntroductionChapter One:
Global Meltdown –The Scale o the Problem
Chapter Two:
The Frontline FightAgainst Cybercrime
Chapter Three:
InternationalCooperation – Myth or Possibility?
Chapter Four:
Next Steps
Virtual Criminology Report
Dr. Ian BrownLilian EdwardsMatthew BevanSharon LemonBob Burls MScPeter SommerRichard ClaytonPhilip VirgoMatthew PembleJames BlessingPeter MilordDr Marco GerkeMarc VilanovaHaim VismonskiFerenc SubaErka KoivunenEugene H SpaordAndrea MatwyshynMary KirwanLeo AdlerDr. Paulo Marco Ferreira LimaAdriana Scordamaglia Fernandes MarinsRenato Opice BlumAlana MaurushatPeter GuttmanAndrew Adams
The annual
McAfee Virtual Criminology Report 
has traditionallytracked the emerging and looming trends in cybercriminalbehaviour and exposed how it has become increasingly organ-ized, sophisticated, and global in its approach and impact.This year, in collaboration with cybercrime experts rom acrossthe world, the ourth annual
McAfee Virtual Criminology Report 
reveals the extent to which cybercrime is winning thebattle over cyberlaw and that a massive and coordinatedglobal eort is required to redress the imbalance.Commissioned by McAee, Dr. Ian Brown rom the OxordInternet Institute and Lilian Edwards, Proessor o Internet Lawat the University o Sheeld in the UK, undertook extensiveresearch with legal authorities, law enorcement agencies andsecurity experts across the globe to assess the currentstate o the ght against cybecrime and to evaluate the threatsand challenges to gaining a global approach or the uture.
Three Key Findings Emerged
First, cybercrime isn’t yet enough o a priority or governments
around the world to allow theght against it to make real headway worldwide. Added to that, the physical threat o terrorism andeconomic collapse is diverting political attention elsewhere. In contrast, cybercriminals are sharpeningtheir ocus. Recession is ertile ground or criminal activity as raudsters clamour to capitalize on risinguse o the Internet and the climate o ear and anxiety. Are we in danger o irrevocably damagingconsumer trust and, in eect, limiting the chances o economic recovery?
Second, cross border law enorcement remains a long-standing hurdle to fghting cybercrime
.Local issues mean laws are dicult to enorce transnationally. Cybercriminals will thereore always retainthe edge unless serious resources are allocated to international eorts.
Third, law enorcement at every level remains ad hoc and ill-equipped to cope
. While therehas been progress, there is still a signicant lack o training and understanding in digital orensics andevidence collection as well as in the law courts around the world. The cyberkingpins remain at largewhile the minor mules are caught and brought to justice. Some governments are guilty o protectingtheir in-country oenders. The ndings suggest there is an ever greater need to harmonize prioritiesand coordinate police orces across physical boundaries.The report concludes with a look at suggested steps at both the local and international level to makethe ght against cybercrime more eective.

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