Cybercrime


This is way out of my league, however, there has been a very big increase in the activity of computer hackers. I blame Wikileaks and Julian Assange in particular for the increase in activity, especially the attacks that have been taking place since May. It is not that Julian Assange is personally involved, but that he has encouraged this form of crime through Wikileaks.

If you are not aware a 19 year old Ryan Cleary has been arrested in the UK. The boy is extremely intelligent, but he is a recluse and has ADHD. He is linked to the LulzSec group. This group has been involved in some very serious hacking incidents, which I might add, seriously compromises our security (especially financial security) and probably in the long term it also compromises other forms of security.

Rather than copy and pasting from the article, I suggesting that you click on the link and read it all for yourself. It really is that important.

Cybercrime of this nature is very serious. It is a threat to each and every one of us, and it compromises everything that we have been doing online over the past so many years. It means that we cannot be assured that our online activities are now safe, because we never know when the hackers will strike and what information that they will steal.

This is a very good reason to throw the book at Julian Assange because Wikileaks, and the fuss that has been made about Assange has encouraged others to get in on the act. Wikileaks indulges in the aiding and abetting of cybercrime and hacking with the intention of releasing personal information, and especially security information. It is a good reason as to why Julian Assange should be charged for what he has personally done.

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UPDATE

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Whilst Ryan Cleary remains in prison, and he is co-operating with the British police, the same group of hackers have been at it again. This time the victim is the Arizona police.

(CNN) — The hacker group LulzSec has alarmed police in Arizona this week after releasing sensitive information about officers.

The group said they posted the information in response to Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

“We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement,” the group said in a statement. “We are targeting AZDPS (Arizona Department of Public Safety) specifically because we are against SB 1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.”

The Arizona Highway Patrol Association said the release of the documents is unsafe for officers.

“Law enforcement officials go to many lengths to protect their identities,” states Jimmy Chavez, president of the organization “These individuals maliciously released confidential information knowing the safety of DPS employees, and their families, would be compromised.”

This is just more of an indication of the kind of damage that has been done by Julian Assange as well as his backers. The release of sensitive information endangers the lives of others. These people deserve to be caught and have the book thrown at them.

Also you might like to read this interview with the Russian Mr. Kaspersky who is responsible for the anti-virus software by the same name.

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