Punishing Digital Criminals

// Posted by on 02/28/2012 (11:32 PM)

Today, an interesting article headlined Wired’s website. Police in four South American countries arrested 25 participants in the Anonymous collective for alleged attacks on Columbian and Chilean websites. These attacks were tracked back to 2011. The article presents a very interesting point – that people committing crime digitally, or via the internet, need to start being concerned by the possibility of tangible punishment. The Internet may not be as truly anonymous as we once thought it to be. Digital criminals are now at very much the same legal risks as other criminals. Perhaps theft in the form of a house robbery may be equally weighed to identity theft and information hacking online by courts. What does this mean for the future? As we learned from the Stuxnet situation, things occurring via the Internet and other digital technologies are no longer some intangible, “unreal”, distant concept anymore. As our world advances and progresses, we are continually integrating these technologies into our own physical lives. This is blatantly seen in the physical arrest of Anonymous members committing crimes on the Internet. The Internet, as well as many other technologies, is being involved more and more in our everyday lives. We need to treat them, as well as the actions we take with them, as tangible pieces of our lives. That being said, our technological responsibilities are becoming every bit important as our physical responsibilities.

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Renee said...

wow, this is perfect timing. I was just writing about how I thought Anonymous was enjoying almost unlimited power and how scary that is. But I guess I was wrong. Its so true though that Anonymous thinks they’re untouchable but sooner or later the authorities have to catch on.

// 02/29/2012 at 12:00 am

Kelsey said...

Anonymous is pretty good at being anonymous so I wonder if these guys in Columbia and Chile slipped up, if law enforcement is being trained to deal with internet crimes, or if the hackers are being hired to take our their fellow computer geniuses.

// 02/29/2012 at 1:58 pm

Phylicia said...

I read this same article yesterday as well. Although it does seem like Anonymous is not so Anonymous, I think time will be the true determinant of its anonymity. Yes, some members of the group were caught. However, it has not shut down the network of individuals involved. I wonder how easy (or difficult) it will be for governments to form connections between members. Will Anonymous fall like dominos or were these arrests lucky? I don’t think we should underestimate the internal organization of the group. After all, Anonymous has expressed significant power over the internet.

// 02/29/2012 at 9:18 pm