Obama gov wants 3 yrs porridge for infrastructure hackers
Plans to slap cybercrooks with RICO gangbuster laws
The Obama administration is looking to make hacking attacks against critical infrastructure systems punishable by a mandatory three years imprisonment. It also wants an Act normally applied to mobsters to be applied to online criminals too.
The proposal (8-page PDF/154KB) was among a long list for improvements to cybersecurity submitted to Congress by the executive branch of the US government last week. In addition, the Obama administration would like the Racketeering-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act – or RICO – which is normally applied against traditional organised crime, to be applied in cybercrime cases as well.
Other items on the manifesto include proposal to allow the federal government to assist private-sector firms in boosting their cybersecurity, but only when invited. The move can be seen as a response to increased incidents of targeted attacks often aimed at cyberespionage (eg Aurora and oil firm cyber-spying) over recent months.
Other plans include proposals to develop federal data breach disclosure rules to replace the current range of fragmented state laws as well as making it compulsory for critical infrastructure firms (banks, utilities, transport, telecoms etc) to disclose data breach incidents to the Department of Homeland Security. Legal experts told Wired that these aspects of the proposal were vague and without a proper enforcement regime. "You're absolutely free to set up the weakest security you want [under this proposal], and unless you're in one of those regulated spots like financial services, there's no consequence to it," said Fred Cate, law professor and director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University.
A summary of the White House's cybersecurity plans can be found here. ®
So now not just terrorists but gangsters?
This is something I would usually ascribe to a REPUBLICAN party agenda, not Democratic. Between COICA and it's beefed up son PROTECT IP, the other Obama proposal declaring freeloaders 'terrorists' and now this one, it really makes me glad I don't live in the US.
RICO should be used against true crime organizations ... you know, like the RIAA. Oh wait, someone actually did this...
Sure, lock 'em up...
But whatever you do, Br'er fox, please don't secure your systems...
A quick check on how much it costs to lock people up like animals vs. the cost of doing a proper security audit should tell us all we need to know about this idea.
take a page from the book catch me if you can - give these people jobs to help identify the wholes that vendors either ignore or failed to catch during QA -
There are few absolutes -
1.) if it has wheels - you will have problems with it
2.) if it has tits - you will have problems with it
3.) if it can be used for Porn - it will be
4.) if it can be access by any type of device (keyboard, network, wireless etc) - it can be hacked.