Friday, May 3, 2013

Dutch Legislation a First Step Toward Cyber Privateering

Hey cybercriminals, do you hear footsteps behind you?
[What's that noise?]

Dutch legislation (see Computerworld story here) could open the floodgate of legalized "hot pursuit" in the cybercrime arena. Of two interesting paragraphs in the article, the first is reminiscent of my Cyber Privateer Code of Conduct (see here) and involves safeguards and oversight authority:
The bill foresees strict safeguards for the use of the new powers such as a the approval of a judge, the certification of software used and keeping logs of the investigation data.
The second interesting thought comes from opponents to the bill. They're actually right on the money. If the bill becomes law, their prediction is a vast understatement of the "viral" consequences:
Moreover, the pending Dutch legislation could set an example for other governments which could start an arms race between hacking governments, [said Simone Halink of Dutch digital rights organization Bits of Freedom]. 
Next step: Privatization of the process, which will start a high-tech gold rush the likes of which will relegate the dot-com boom to a mere blip in the history books.

1 comment:

  1. Something happened near where I live:

    + A Dutch citizen arrested in Spain on suspicion of launching what authorities have called the biggest cyberattack in Internet history is expected to be handed over to the Netherlands.

    + A Spanish court remanded in custody a Dutchman suspected of disrupting Internet services in a massive cyber-attack allegedly launched from his hi-tech bunker in Spain,

    + Police say the 35-year-old suspect operated from a bunker in northeast Spain and also had a van capable of hacking into networks anywhere in the country. He was arrested in Granollers, 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Barcelona.

    + He is accused of attacking the anti-spam watchdog group Spamhaus, whose main task is to halt ads for counterfeit Viagra and bogus weight-loss pills reaching the world's inboxes.

    More Info: a small fish, but who will catch the big sharks?

    "US says China is stepping up cyber war"


Implementation suggestions for THE MORGAN DOCTRINE are most welcome. What are the "Got'chas!"? What questions would some future Cyber Privateering Czar have to answer about this in a Senate confirmation hearing?