Another cybercrime case

Cybercriminals keep writing and launching numerous malcode samples, all of us computer users are under attack, security companies are constantly developing new protection, and law enforcement bodies are investigating incidents – which sometimes end up in court. Here’s one of the latest cases, from the USA.

A man launched a DDoS attack against a Massachusetts company using Gaobot (a variant from the “Backdoor.Win32.Agobot” Trojan family). If he’s found guilty he could get two years in jail and a $400K fine. More details are available here

I’m curious exactly how many people are being arrested and convicted of cybercrime. In 2004 there were about 100 people caught around the globe, in 2005 – a few hundred, and so far, in 2006, there have been about 60 arrests. I wonder if anyone is keeping an accurate record, and has full cybercrime arrest statistics – these numbers are based on publicly accessible news sources.

The numbers seem to be dropping. I’m afraid that modern cybercriminals are getting more experienced and more cautious, and it’s becoming more difficult to investigate the cases. Or maybe the police just isn’t paying too much attention?

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