Thursday, August 06, 2009

Cybercrime Must Be Dealt With

The risks of depending on any single social networking or microblogging platform were once again revealed by today's Twitter and Facebook outage. These outages also highlighted the need for a national response to DOS and other forms of "Cyber Terrorism."

Unless the government begins "sanctioning" those who conduct these attacks as a matter of national security, they will continue indefinitely. Individuals and organizations who fail to secure their computers and companies who produce insecure computer operating systems and software are complicit in these attacks. Most attacks would be significantly more difficult, if not impossible to conduct, if perpetrators lacked easy access to the tools (bot computers) used to conduct their attacks and the targets themselves were better hardened.

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