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Virtual Crimes – Real Damages: A Primer on Cybercrimes in the United States and Efforts to Combat Cybercriminals


Fernando M. Pinguelo


SCARINCI HOLLENBECK, LLC; Seton Hall University School of Law; eLessons Learned Blog; Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie; Fulbright Foundation

Bradford W. Muller



February 1, 2011

Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
A dangerous aspect of the Internet Age that all businesses and government agencies must effectively counteract is cybercrime. As technology advances, so do the criminals. Recent media coverage of the attacks on corporate websites in response to the lockdown on WikiLeaks and its founder has renewed public focus on the vulnerabilities of corporate IT security and the profile of cybercriminals. While the recent cyber strikes on Amazon, PayPal, and MasterCard may not have been as debilitating as some other more elaborate schemes, the assault demonstrates how quickly a group of loosely affiliated hackers can mobilize behind a cause – or in the case of Julian Assange, a martyr – and bring about significant inconvenience, if not considerable damage.

For American businesses, and government at the federal and state levels, the potential cost of these attacks is staggering. President Obama has made the stakes clear, arguing that the “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation” and “America’s economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity.” In this article, we endeavor to explain what cybercrimes are, profile the cybercriminal, provide a discussion of some of the most common forms of cybercrimes affecting American businesses and the federal and state governments today, and discuss action that the government and businesses are taking to fight back.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 73

Keywords: cybercrime, Wikileaks, cyber, computer crime

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Date posted: March 24, 2011 ; Last revised: January 2, 2013

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Pinguelo, Fernando M. and Muller, Bradford W., Virtual Crimes – Real Damages: A Primer on Cybercrimes in the United States and Efforts to Combat Cybercriminals (February 1, 2011). Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1789284

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