While cyber crime continued to dominate headlines and wreak havoc on organizations of all sizes across nearly every industry in the first half of 2014, it's refreshing to note law enforcement also stepped it up. A surge of activity against individuals and criminal organizations occurred, resulting in scores of arrests, indictments and convictions.
According to the new report, "Trends in Cybercrime: A Social Look at the First Half 2014," published by SurfWatch Labs, law enforcement – and the results of their actions – were a big portion of what people were talking about in the first half of 2014. The SurfWatch Labs report analyzes raw cyber data aggregated from social media, news and blogs, industry-specific data feeds, threat and security information, vulnerability data feeds, and partner and end-user submissions. This raw cyber data is standardized and transformed into CyberFacts, which tell you who's behind the attack (actor), what they're targeting (target), what the impact is (effect), and how the attack is being executed (practice).
Despite widespread reporting of arrests and indictments, it is still unclear if increased law enforcement activity will curb hacktivist, cyber espionage and cyber criminal behavior. What is becoming increasingly clear is that the U.S. government is becoming more aggressive in going after cyber criminals and is partnering with other governments in attempts to break up global botnets and prosecute malware creators and those who engaged in espionage.
Jason Polancich, founder and chief architect, SurfWatch Labs, is a serial entrepreneur focused on solving complex Internet security and cyber-defense problems, with more than 20 years of experience as an intelligence analyst, software engineer, systems architect and corporate executive. Prior to founding SurfWatch Labs, Mr. Polancich co-founded Novii Design, which assisted the U.S. intelligence community and Department of Defense in building some of the largest data warehouse and analysis systems ever put into operation within the government and defense contracting sectors.
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