NSA is a military intelligence-gathering agency, but it is not where we, the
citizens, can go have crimes against us investigated. If a cyber crime is
committed against us, where can we go? Seems a few years ago, I called my local
police and they referred me to the FBI. Mike Richards is right about the
NSA practices being at odds with the Fourth Amendment. I, too, have wondered
We have a serious problem, one far beyond the abilities of NSA to fix. The
Constitution states:"The right of the people to be secure in
their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and
seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable
cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place
to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."That's the law. That's OUR law to protect us against the
government; yet, each day NSA in Bluffdale violates the 4th Amendment. It has
my data. It has your data. No judge has ever issued a warrant based on
probable cause to any government entity to "spy" on my emails or on my
cell phone calls.Yes, we need to "declare war" on cyber
crime, but enlisting the NSA, who is spying on us, to "protect" from
criminal activity is a joke.
@John Jackson 10:59#1. RE: "Do we even have an investigative agency
for cyber crime?---Yes. It's called the NSA. Google it.They have a HUGE data center in Utah fighting cyber crime and
terrorism.#2 RE "It is tucked into the FBI I guess"Not
part of the FBI (under DOJ). NSA is under DOD (Dept of Defense) The part of
the government Democrats always want cut when budget talks come around.NSA fights cyber crimes, and terrorism (along with CIA). We need them now
more than ever. Why would you cut their budget, especially when it's only
14% of the whole budget (We spend 65% of the budget on social programs). #3. RE "how many agents"...NSA staff numbers are top
secret, but it's huge.#4. RE "how advanced they are in the
art of tracking down cyber criminals"Very advanced.People
at NSA are the smartest software people in USA. One of my friends (smartest guy
in our high school) went to NSA after college. They have to pay these top
people to keep them. They need to be the smartest software engineers in the
world to stop Russia, China, N-Korea's best.They don't
catch everything but millions of hack attempts are blocked every hour.
The wars of the next century will be fought with computer viruses and drone
strikes. I think it's in our interest to put more money into cybercrime
prevention and less on conventional war machines.
Two of the biggest stories of the past week involved cyber harms. There is the
WannaCry story, of course. But, don't forget the investigation of
Russia's meddling in our election involved acts committed online. So,
perhaps reflecting on the fact that two of our biggest news stories involved
cyber harms will prompt us to realize it has blossomed into one of our
nation's biggest problems. Cyber crime is earning a spot right next to the
national debt, pollution, terrorism, etc.
Good thought, Jay. Good article. I, too, think we should "declare war"
on cyber crime. Do we even have an investigative agency for cyber crime? It is
tucked into the FBI, I would guess, but I wonder how many agents there are and
how advanced they are in the art of tracking down cyber criminals. And,
shouldn't we have a whole new string of laws? We should identify each harm
being committed by cyber players and make a law against it. Phishing, for
example, should be against the law. Is it? I doubt it. Is it against the law to
send an email that spreads a virus? I wonder? It seems surely we have at least
created a law against that, or have we? I do not hear any news of what charges
the WannaCry criminals will face if they are caught, so I wonder.
RE: "Let's declare a war on cyber crime"...--OK. War
declared. Now what... count the bodies?===I think war
is a strong word, but we should deal with this problem. Don't know if war
is the solution though. But learning how to deal with it and taking the steps
needed... that would be good. If declaring war on it helps... good.
Why? Must we bring it to the level of 'war' in the lexicon? Of course
cyber crime is bad, and of course we are working on dealing with it. But
to call it a war...by the way, how have our other 'wars on...' been
doing? Drugs, poverty, they're all defeated now? Let's avoid the
rhetoric and get to work.