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Attacks/Breaches

2/11/2014
01:30 PM
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Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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2/11/2014 | 2:14:33 PM
Chump change
Stick-up man? That's amateur hour. You wanna be a thief today, you gotta have hacking skills.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
2/11/2014 | 2:47:57 PM
Re: Chump change
Maybe a lecture from Kevin Mitnik as part of a criminal justice rehabilitation program...
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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2/11/2014 | 4:02:06 PM
Re: Chump change
But I'd bet the mugger would receive a lighter sentence than an apprehended hacker.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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2/11/2014 | 4:11:02 PM
Re: Chump change
True, the sentence should fit the crime. Tougher to catch them slippery hackers though. 
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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2/11/2014 | 4:53:08 PM
hacking vs robbing
Here's a list of computer criminals and their sentences from Wikipedia, the most recent being Lewys Martin, who was sentenced to two years imprisonment for a hacking attempt on the websites of Kent Police, Cambridge University and Oxford University in the UK. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_computer_criminals)

Compare that to the 25 years Danielle Johnson got in St. Louis for driving the getaway car for a robber who pulled a gun on a local priest and stole $200, and an assortment of gift cards and bus passes. (http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/man-who-helped-rob-st-louis-priest-gets-years-in/article_d1d51f01-7db2-51da-82e0-589a0936814d.html)

 
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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2/12/2014 | 10:42:32 AM
Re: hacking vs robbing
Yikes, that's quite the juxtaposition. Which do you think is worse: accomplice to a physical attack or a cyber attack?
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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2/12/2014 | 10:46:20 AM
Re: hacking vs robbing
I'd say it depends on the crime and or hack! In this case 25 years for driving the getaway car for a robbery of $200 (no injuries) is a little excessive!
RobPreston
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2/12/2014 | 11:12:48 AM
Re: hacking vs robbing
The criminal pulled a gun. The harsh punishment is for that, not for the amount stolen. The excessive punishment is to deter gun use in the commision of a crime...because bad things can happen whenever a criminal pulls a gun, whether he intended to use it going into the crime or not.

 
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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2/12/2014 | 11:23:06 AM
Re: hacking vs robbing
Ah--the getaway driver was actually the criminal who pulled the gun in the robbery, as Rob mentions. That makes more sense now.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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2/12/2014 | 12:31:05 PM
Re: hacking vs robbing
I suppose clicking away with keyboard and mouse can't be considered "use of deadly force" and the victims of hacking are not harmed physically. Still, we might want to revisit penalties for cybercrime with all the data that can potentially be maliciously accessed and manipulated today.
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