FBI Director says cybercrime will eclipse terrorism – Mar. 2, 2012. CNN website – money section
And for comments from TechDirt, 5 March 2012, “FBI Preaches Dangers Of ‘Cybercrime’ To The Choir“, Leigh Beadon
For the first post after such a long time (far too much teaching and admin this year), I thought I could start with some broader perspective.
I do not disagree with the claim that cybercrime will become more prominent than it currently is. Our world is dematerialised; so targets of crime are, hence the rise of what we call cybercrime. But maybe in a few years time, we will see it as just ordinary crime with the use of electronic means, but no different that what theft and fraud are today.
More importantly, to say that it will be more important than terrorism demonstrates the inherent problems of today’s policies regarding crime and terrorism. Because of 9/11, combatting terrorism is the focus of much legislation and policing (and thus of Governmental funds). Meanwhile, crime and cybercrime are left in the background. But the reality is that cybercrime is already more important than terrorism. Fraud and theft are at the heart of the dark side of internet and society, not terrorism. Personal information is the currency of crime and criminal organisations. If I wanted to be cynical, I would add that terrorism is so hyped up it masks the reality of the criminal scene. While we pour money into pursuing terrorists, we are robbed by individuals as much as by criminal organisations/gangs/rings that make a living in finding, buying, (re)selling important data. We may well wake up one day with a huge headache.