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Rayzorblades
Hacker hold Virginia hostage:

http://www.money.co.uk/article/1003694-hac...cal-records.htm
Backgammon
Hmm. I think this will end in an arrest.
Alex
Most likely; however, I like the idea for run. Reminds me a little of the plot for Black Madona.
Redjack
This crazy ork holed up in a detective agency office did it....
Lindt
The big question is where is this hacker... are we talking arrest, or stuffed in a bag and tossed off a bridge =p
Alex
Does the where really make a difference? wink.gif
DWC
QUOTE (Alex @ May 8 2009, 10:58 AM) *
Does the where really make a difference? wink.gif


Sure. If they catch him in suburban Atlanta, he'll get arrested. If he gets caught at an internet cafe in Kabul, he'll get beaten with a phonebook until he talks, then thrown in a sack, and dropped out the back of a C-130.
nezumi
The hacker is quite likely out of Russia or somewhere in the neighborhood of the Phillipines, if he's smart. Neither have the inclination or tools to track down, arrest and extradite hackers. Most likely the deal will be sorted out under covers, so we won't know if any ransom is paid or not, and the hacker will get away free.

Last I heard, the capture rate for data theft like this is around 2%.

Rad
Sadly, the U.S. doesn't give a damn about it's citizen's health care, and will likely be far more interested in catching and prosecuting the hacker than getting those records back. biggrin.gif
Alex
QUOTE (DWC @ May 8 2009, 09:46 AM) *
Sure. If they catch him in suburban Atlanta, he'll get arrested. If he gets caught at an internet cafe in Kabul, he'll get beaten with a phonebook until he talks, then thrown in a sack, and dropped out the back of a C-130.


Perhaps I am a little more cynical that you. Perhaps I am thinking more SR than RL.
eidolon
Please refrain from bringing RL politics into discussions. Thanks.
nezumi
QUOTE (Rad @ May 8 2009, 08:13 PM) *
Sadly, the U.S. doesn't give a damn about it's citizen's health care, and will likely be far more interested in catching and prosecuting the hacker than getting those records back. biggrin.gif



"Back"? How do you get something back which can have infinite copies? VA still has the original copies, from my understanding. I don't know that there is a safe way to secure the data without either a) catching the hacker or b) paying off the hacker, with a being extremely difficult and possibly illegal, and b encouraging the same behavior in the future.

The only real long-term solution is to make hacking systems run a risk beyond that of legal repurcussions. Perhaps if we installed automated defenses that KILL the hacker if he trips them, the percentage chance of DEATH would make hacking less attractive. Otherwise, we're basically stuck with our thumbs up our collective hoop.
Alex
QUOTE (nezumi @ May 11 2009, 07:31 AM) *
Perhaps if we installed automated defenses that KILL the hacker if he trips them, the percentage chance of DEATH would make hacking less attractive. Otherwise, we're basically stuck with our thumbs up our collective hoop.


Hence, black IC.
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