U.S. Attorney Durkan: 10/19/2011
The following post appears courtesy of the office of U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan of the Western District of Washington. U.S. Attorney Durkan is also the chair of the Justice Department’s Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Enforcement advisory group.
The Puget Sound region of Washington state is home to high-tech heavyweights like Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing and a flourishing start-up scene that attracts top talent from around the world. Two recent indictments and a high-profile conference put the spotlight on flipside of that success: the increased threat of cybercrime.
Jesse James said that he robbed banks “because that’s where the money is.” Today, increasingly the money – and the capacity to steal it – is online. From scareware to skimming to information theft to distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks, efforts to steal money and attack our digital infrastructure are on the rise.
U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, who chairs Justice Department’s Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Enforcement advisory group, and the prosecutors in the Western District of Washington have made combating cybercrime a top priority. That includes working with companies and individuals to enforce federal laws when systems are hacked, personal information is compromised, payroll and banking information is misused, electronic commerce is disrupted or trade secrets are stolen.
For example, last month, a grand jury indicted three defendants who hacked into computer systems to steal personal and business information used in a variety of thefts and frauds.
When the indictments were announced, U.S. Attorney Durkan said:
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“These defendants combined ‘old school’ methods such as burglary, with high tech methods such as using unprotected wireless networks to hide their identities while draining bank accounts and committing fraud ...