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Disruption Online

It seems every step forward made in computer security technology is accompanied by two strides forward made by hackers and crackers whose sheer ingenuity must be recognized but not condoned. It seems every step forward made in computer security technology is accompanied by two strides forward made by hackers and crackers whose sheer ingenuity must be recognized but not condoned. The disruptions caused by cybercriminals can be significant and substantial as they launch devious campaigns ranging from financial scams, hacking into sensitive and valuable data, disseminating damaging viruses and much more. What is the cost of this online criminal activity? Well, the German foreign minister Joschka Fischer estimated the worldwide figure at over $40 billion each year. Needless to say, stopping cyber crime is top on the list of priorities in many countries around the globe. Recently, the Metropolitan police quadrupled the size of its cybercrime unit. Now comprised of 85 officers, the unit has its hands full with the investigation into the “hacktivist” groups Lulzsec and Anonymous. Teenage members of the groups have been arrested and charged with offences under the Computer Misuse Act, the Serious Crime Act and the Criminal Law Act. They face up to 10 years in...
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