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A crime is a crime

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It's been a while since we last saw a vandal malware species. That's why the recent attack involving BrickerBot.1 and BrickerBot.2 that rendered targeted devices non-operational has drawn considerable attention from information security experts.

A new myth going around says that the authors of those encryption ransomware programs aren't interested in killing the goose that lays the golden eggs: ”There’s no sense in destroying information on a device because the information is what gets us [criminals] our ransom money”. That's why the emergence of a malware program that, just like in the bad old days, destroys everything within its reach is somewhat shocking.

Naturally, security experts should have realised that it’s essential to protect devices from this kind of threat and dispel the myth. But, that's not quite obvious to some experts.

Researchers believe that BrickerBot’s author may be some kind of vigilante who purges the World Wide Web of insecure devices and teaches their owners a cruel lesson.

Victor Gevers, the chairman and a renowned information security expert, believes that "it's someone who wants to clean up the mess in a harsh way". Gevers agrees that although effective, this approach is illegal and dangerous and incurs serious risks.

The expert also thanked BrickerBot’s author and decided to use mass media to make a proposition to this individual.

"As chairman of the, I would like to thank the person behind this. Your message of "awareness" was received loud and clear. I would appreciate it if the author would contact us so that we might work together on getting the rest [of the insecure IoT devices] offline as well, but in a way that is a bit more constructive".

So terrorist attacks are also awareness messages?

#responsibility #cybercrime

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Unlike some "experts", we always regard a crime as a crime, i.e., an action that constitutes an offense and must be punished by law regardless of the criminal's motives.


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