By Aditi Utpat
The Times of India
7 Dec 2008
PUNE: While cyber criminals world-over are driven by similar knowledge
of technology, the key difference lies in the "motivation behind the
crime", says Chris Goggans, a celebrated American hacker and computer
Pointing out that internet security issues are as a rising concern all
over the world, Goggans said that the Russian mafia account for the
"most organized" cyber crimes. "The most serious cyber crimes are from
Russia and China. While most of the cyber crimes from Russia are
financial in nature (stealing credit card number, bank account details),
crimes emanating from China are related to theft of intellectual
property, government information and military data," Goggans said.
"The cyber criminals in South America, Brazil, Korea, Europe are not
involved in very sinister crimes. They are mainly into hacking for
proving themselves," he added.
Goggans has the unique distinction of having broken into the system of
America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) within six hours to
uncover potential security threats for the US government. "Often, making
leeways in the norms set by the parent company for small comforts
creates major hurdles in the security system," Goggans said.
Claiming that he hasn't "seen much cyber crimes" from India, Goggans
said that it may be because of the low proportion of cyber crimes, or
simply that it may have skipped his eye.
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