Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The Skill of Deceit
The most skillful deceiver in the World today is the PC Hacker. Some of these people steal identifications, some steal credit card numbers, some infect and destroy what others have built.
Today I read about the "record holder" for credit card and debit card data theft. While he was under indictment for stealing 40 MILLION credit account numbers, he stole another 130 MILLION!
His name is Albert Gonzalez. He worked as an informant for the U.S. Secret Service. And, while he assisted the U.S. Govt in tracking down fellow hackers, he was simultaneously funneling information to the very same hackers and criminals about ongoing investigations, etc.
It is difficult to say which job was his sideline and which was his primary. We do know his career fields: Cyber criminal. Thief. Con Man.
Is it the "challenge" that leads people to become computer criminals? Do they enjoy pitting their skills and intelligence against those who seek to defeat them? It sounds almost like a video game! Is it just a "game" to them? (I was a victim of debit card fraud last year and it was not a game to me.)
Where do these "hackers" obtain their skills? Who exactly teaches them how to "hack"?
As individuals we are defenseless against them. We depend upon others to defeat them. We hope that the anti-virus, anti-spyware companies like Symantec, McAfee, AVG, etc. have hackers that are as good as the criminal hackers.
Are the good guys as "good" as the bad guys? And, how many of the "good" guys are working both sides?