The cybercrooks should be afraid by now because President Obama is going to come to you. This is the statement of the US president after declaring a national state of emergency because of cybercrime. It will start April 2015 and promised that he will use his office’s authorities to track down as well as punish malicious hackers who threaten the country. This includes any crimes undertaken over the Internet even domains that will pose threats to national security and the interest of the citizens. However, many say that his plan is doomed to fail.
The order of President Obama is meant to provide the government with power to punish both people and organizations who will attack the country’s infrastructure using the Internet. The foreign hackers’ perennial bogeymen that steal the intellectual property of the Americans are in the crosshairs. In the EO accompanying the declaration, the president gave authority to the US Secretary of the Treasury to impose sanction to entities or individuals who engage in cyber-enabled activities which are malicious in nature. Any group or person proven who helps a cybercriminal no matter how small his part is like providing technical support will have his assets in the country frozen.
However, there is a very glaring problem about the plan, unless the entities or individuals the authorities charge are incompetent, it is practically impossible to sanction the parties involved. This is according to Jeffrey Carr, a cybersecurity analyst. Yes, the forensic scientists have the capability to trace the computers where malicious connections originated. But the problem is that it will be very difficult to identify the people controlling the computer. Any genius and clever attacker will never leave footprints of their tracks and it only takes an exceptionally stupid to launch a cybercrime right on his basement. Carr further said that going after them will be a failed policy and it will not work. The authorities must strengthen their defenses and concentrate more on how to protect the data.
The focus of the country should be on the creation of incentives for companies or individuals who store their data more safely, both personal and with their customers. The government should focus to provide a stick and a carrot for US companies so that they will be able to better protect their most valued intellectual property. Incentives are needed so that companies will allot more funds on encryption and penalties for those that do not.
The analyst says that the plan is beyond ineffective; the president’s order is actually doing real harm because he is legitimizing the government’s action against online activity that it disagrees.