Senators Lieberman, Collins Point to Cybercrime Epidemic

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 13, 2009

News release: “Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Me., Sunday said the latest trend in cybercrime is directed at small to medium sized companies that have been robbed of both data and dollars…The thieves steal in amounts under $10,000 to avoid triggering a bank report required by anti-money laundering law. The malware is so well written that the traffic seems to be coming from an authorized computer – and possibly is a legitimate computer that has been commandeered. The money is then transferred to “money mules” who may have been recruited over internet job boards or who have posted resumes on a job listing serviceThe Committee will hold a hearing September 14, 2009, Cyber Attacks: Protecting Industry Against Growing Threats, to examine this new trend, and the Senators plan to introduce broad cyber security legislation later this fall that will improve cyber security in the private sector.”

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