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Time To Treat Sponsors Of Ransomware Campaigns As Terrorists, Lawmaker Says
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User Rank: Author
5/19/2016 | 9:32:12 AM
Re: Not quite as extreme, but...
That's the whole problem: How do you find the criminals?

Almost every time a politician weighs in on how we need to adopt a "tougher stance" on cyber criminals, they make it sound like a decision. It's not as if cyber criminals are operating in the open, using their real names and locations, and law enforcement has just decided it's not worth catching them. 

Instead, catching those behind cyber crimes like ransomware is an intricate, complex game that cannot be solved with a simple "bad things come your way because you are a bad actor" sound bite. It's just not that easy.

We can't fight new and sophisticated problems with old and simple policies. And although that truth may not be as popular as a "we're going to hunt you down" sound bite on the news, it's the reality. 
User Rank: Ninja
5/19/2016 | 7:31:45 AM
Not quite as extreme, but...
While I don't think you can really put people who encrypt files in the same category as murderers, ransomware is a troubling growth industry for hackers. Perhaps sanctions should be considered against countries that house them, but considering nailing down their location is so difficult, I'm not sure that proof could be acquired in a definitive manner

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