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Feds Square Off With Organized Cyber Crime

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 22 Feb 2005 16:27:51 -0500

By Kevin Poulsen, SecurityFocus Feb 17 2005 8:07PM

SAN FRANCISCO--Computer intruders are learning to play well with
others, and that's bad news for the Internet, according to a panel of
law enforcement officials and legal experts speaking at the RSA
Conference here Thursday.

Christopher Painter, deputy director of the Justice Department's
computer crime section, spoke almost nostalgically of the days when
hackers acted "primarily out of intellectual curiosity." Today, he
says, cyber outlaws and serious fraud artists are increasingly working
in concert, or are one and the same. "What we've seen recently is a
coming together of these two groups," said Painter.

Ronald Plesco, counsel to the National Cyber-Forensics and Training
Alliance, a computer forensics organization established by the FBI and
private industry, agreed, and pointed to the trend in recent years of
spammers building networks of compromised computers to launder their
fraudulent e-mail offerings. Tim Rosenberg, a research professor at
the George Washington University, warned of "multinational groups of
hackers backed by organized crime" and showing the sophistication of
prohibition-era mobsters.

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