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Felony: Catch Them if You Can...

Congress is trying to make hacking government networks a felony, but how effective would that really be as a deterrent?

Congress is trying to make hacking government networks a felony, but how effective would that really be as a deterrent? Carole Theriault of Sophos shares our sentiments on this: It’s no easy task to track down skilled hackers as they are intent on keeping their anonymity, Carole Theriault, a senior security consultant at Sophos, wrote on the Naked Security blog. They could be based anywhere on the globe and using multiple compromised machines to mask their true location and identity. Theriault questioned the necessity of the government spending “huge amounts of resources” to locate and identify hacktivists such as LulzSec who brought down the CIA Website for fun, or “lulz.” No matter how disruptive a denial of service attack can be on a site, it is not necessarily on the same level of seriousness as someone “intent on threatening national security by stealing highly sensitive information,” Theriault said. We couldn't have stated this better: “Consider the current hacking mayhem as a wake up call,” Theriault said, recommending that organizations be proactive about protecting their own networks and Websites. LulzSec has demonstrated how weak Websites belonging to most organizations are, despite all the posturing about being security-conscious.