Cyber Criminals Days Are Numbered
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Cyber Criminals Days Are Numbered

As cyber technology gets more advanced, so do cyber crimes. Nowadays hackers are common. A technology called digital forensics will hopefully boost internet security.

What is cyber crimes

As cyber technology gets more advanced, so do cyber crimes.  Nowadays hackers are common.  Hacking evolved to fraud and happy days of these fraudsters will soon be over. According to a researcher hackers are said to be individuals who attack computer systems mostly just for fun. "The first person to be sent to prison for hacking is a minor.  He became notorious at age sixteen.  His nasty act hit  high-profile organizations, including the Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the United States Department of Defense and computers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The teener admitted that he just enjoyed the challenge.  Then followed by a twenty-one year old guy who tinkered on the computer systems of The New York Times, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Citigroup, and Bank of America.  He admitted that he did those just for adventure."

"In 2004, a nineteen year old guy was found guilty of having billed customers all over United States even Canada a total of US$30,000 of undelivered Rolex watch, a digital video recorder, a plasma television, sports memorabilia and six Celine Dion concerts tickets with airfare and lodging at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.  It was lately discovered that he was not connected to any company or organizations."

Fraudsters usually use one or more online services such as e-mails, message boards or chat rooms to present fake solicitations to prospective victims.  Beware with online selling on non-existent products too.  Fraudster usually are placing bogus and numerous products orders to online companies such as watches, laptops, digital cameras to name a few.  While there are cases of solved crimes, a higher percentage goes for uncaught fraudsters.

Yong Guan of US and his team has developed a technology called digital forensics.  It focus on network attack attribution to help investigators find the real origins of hackers and fraudsters; click fraud detection to protect Internet advertising and auction fraud technology to quickly identify people who run fake Internet auctions. Auctions pertains to public sale of property to the highest bidder which we cannot do away with in the Internet. Another project they are working on is about wireless security.  It pertains to a new secure network-coding model  protected from attacks while it transmit network traffic as well as location-based security systems to allow document viewing only in designated secure rooms.

Guan is running a project on privacy protection that will guard the identity of Internet users.  The technology will make the extraction of criminal evidence from computers, network hardware and other electronic devices fast.  If digital forensics finally finds its way in cyberspace, we can already leave our worries behind while we enjoy surfing the web.

Source: Bato Balani, For Science & Technology, Vol. 28 No.3

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Comments (3)

You're right Jessie, their days are numbered.

Very interesting topic. Yes, I hope that hackers will be pinned down.

What ever it takes...thanks for dropping by.

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