Debate» Hefty prison time for hackers, such as THREAT OF
Heartland intruder Albert Gonzalez, is an effective deterrent.
FOR Unquestionably, I believe the AGAINST Severe penalties for cyber-
20-year sentence Albert Gon- crimes send important and
What is it?
zalez received is an effective necessary messages about
Code is being introduced
deterrent. Will it put an end to society’s unwillingness to toler-
cybercrime? No. Will it likely ate fraud, but will not notably
companies, like BlueHost,
deter those cybercriminals in deter would-be cybercriminals.
DreamHost and Network
the possible-to-be-deterred This does not mean that stiff
Solutions, via a gamut of
Kim Peretti category? Absolutely. penalties should not be levied;
Avivah Litan vulnerabilities. The LAMP
houseCoopers, & for-
In my eight years of pros- VP and distinguished it simply means society cannot
analyst at Gartner stack, Wordpress CMS and
mer senior counselor,
U.S. Department of
ecuting this type of crime, expect them to have much of
basic server conﬁgura-
I’ve read hundreds of chats an effect on the fraud landscape. Fraudsters
tion errors are equally
among hundreds of young will surely take note of them, however, and the
suspected – PHP being
cybercriminals who bragged of impunity, who more sophisticated among them will simply
the common component in
bravely asserted they were outside the reach learn from the mistakes made by those caught
of law enforcement, and who, despite and change their tactics accordingly. Instead
their youth, correctly saw the risk-beneﬁt of large-scale attacks against large targets, the
How does it work?
calculation at that time tipping in favor of hackers will shift their schemes to targeted
Under the covers lurks
crime versus time in jail. A risk of probation attacks in distributed hacking environments.
carefully crafted code that
is hardly a risk when cashing PINs brings in This way, they can still make off with their
intelligently interprets the
$50,000 a week. But when that risk analysis digital goods, but with a much