On the Cauce website Neil Schwartzman and J.D. Falk wrote that cyber crime = crime, in their contribution “Kidnapping, Theft and Rape Are Not “Cyber” Crimes”. (http://www.cauce.org/2010/11/kidnapping-theft-and-rape-are-not-cyber-crimes.html)
I totally agree with them that cyber crime is crime, cyber fraud is fraud. The “cyber” criminal will be sentenced by a judge for that and not for using his computer. They end with a plea for police forces to start acting. It is here that I feel there’s a need to clarify.
To my mind most police officers do not understand cyber crime, nor are they able to recognize what is reported to them. Also most countries do not have a system that aggregates reports (where cyber crime is concerned). So the magnitude of the problem is unknown. How can a government or police agency prioritize this way?
Hence, I would suggest that all this has to be amended. As long as this does not happen, the RCMP official will keep saying “we don’t do spam”. Why? He simply does not have a clue what is hitting Canada. So you almost can’t expect him to respond to cyber crime, when he is faced with murders, drug trafficking, etc.. This is something he does understand and is trained to respond to
So what does it take to make (Canadian) police forces, government officials and anti-spam authorities understand it is time to act? Education? A data base? A severe incident? Presentations in the right places? Let’s discuss this and take our conclusions back to the different communities.
I will be writing more on this on the Bridgebuilder’s blog. You may want to follow me, as there is much more to it then just this.
Wout de Natris
Leiderdorp, 7 November 2010