The sophistication of attacks launched by cyber criminals against national governments, major corporations and even everyday web users is increasing all the time. To keep up, Hawaii law enforcement officials recently requested some help in fighting the online battle.
According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, data security experts and law enforcement have urged state lawmakers to pass stricter laws for cybercrime, while also allocating more resources to aid police and others in their ongoing fight against hackers. Among the suggestions was strengthening existing statutes that would require various jurisdictions to honor court orders like subpoenas issued in the state.
"The bottom line is there are a lot of tools out there for the criminals to use that can make it very, very difficult for us to attribute a certain transaction to a particular defendant," Chris Van Marter, Honolulu deputy prosecutor, said, according to Hawaii News Now.
Because the internet provides cyber criminals with the cover of anonymity when targeting users with their malware, spyware and phishing campaigns, locating and prosecuting those responsible is even more difficult.
"This diabolical criminal genius doesn't have to be from a Stanford University, an MIT, a Cal Tech or an Ivy League college," Gary Yabuta, Maui police chief, said at the recent meeting of lawmakers and cybersecurity experts. "In fact, he doesn't even have to be very smart."
In response to the release of the Department of Defense's new cybersecurity strategy, entitled the Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace, Arizona Senator John McCain called for the creation of a special bipartisan congressional panel. Passing effective cybersecurity legislation will only be accomplished when "committee chairmen and ranking members step away from preserving their own committees' jurisdiction," McCain said.