Cybercrime: it's just too easy

Cybercrime: it's just too easy

Summary: AusCERT general manager Graham Ingram has rejected Eugene Kaspersky's view that the current golden age of cybercrime will be over in a few years — because the crimes are just too easy to commit.

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AusCERT general manager Graham Ingram has rejected Eugene Kaspersky's view that the current golden age of cybercrime will be over in a few years — because the crimes are just too easy to commit.

"The returns are high, the risks are low; ie, almost no risk. Isn't that the type of crime that you would like to do?" Ingram said.

"You'll make a lot of money, you will not be caught and you will live a very happy life," he said, because current international law-enforcement cooperation arrangements can't deal with high-volume, low-impact crime.

Ingram explains this and other reasons for cybercrime being here to stay in this week's Patch Monday podcast, the second of two episodes covering the AusCERT 2012 information security conference held earlier this month.

You'll also hear F-Secure chief research officer Mikko Hypponen detail a complex transnational criminal operation that saw goods bought fraudulently in Denmark being resold in Moscow, as well as his views on hacktivism and the level to which antivirus companies should cooperate with governments.

To leave an audio comment on the program, Skype to stilgherrian, or phone Sydney 02 8011 3733.

Thanks to Risky Business for some of the audio recordings.

Running time: 33 minutes, 32 seconds

Topics: AUSCERT, Security

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Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust.

He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.

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