Cyberattacks and Ransomware: Is the government doing enough to find and prosecute cybercriminals in todays internet-driven world?

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  • Governments are not intervening enough to prevent cybercriminals

    Cyberattacks and so-called "Ransomware," in which valuable information is held hostage by cybercriminals, are happening all too often in today's interconnected world. Unfortunately, governments aren't keeping up with the times. The feds should take note of how digital crime is becoming and intervene more quickly to bring cybercriminals to justice.

  • No, the government needs to spend more on training counter-cyberterrorists

    No, the US government can easily work harder to train cube security personnel to prevent these attacks. The world is getting more and more dependent on the internet every day and it is important that we have security, not only for individual users, but also for corporations and also the military. It is of utmost importance to do everything in our power to prevent cyberattacks and to end the outbreak of ransomware.

  • The government needs to implement worldwide laws to help stop cyber-criminals.

    The only successful prosecution of cyber-criminals requires worldwide cooperation and conformity of laws. The government of each country has an obligation to work together to create a consistent and effective net of cyber-laws. Although effort to catch and prosecute cyber-criminals is increasing in importance within the government, world-wide cooperation is a key component. The border-less nature of cyber-crime requires border-less laws and cooperation by authorities.

  • No, cybercriminals are not being adequately prosecuted.

    No, I do not believe that the government is doing enough to find and prosecute cyber-criminals, though not for lack of trying. I believe that despite the huge strides that have been made in an attempt to bring justice to the victims of cyber-attacks and virtual crime, the fact of the matter is that the government's understanding of the virtual world has not caught up to the advancements made in the 'dark web', so to speak. Through the process of bureaucracy and the "red tape" that it evokes, new policies, procedures, and technology that promise to locate and prosecute these essentially-invisible criminals are outdated and archaic before they can even be applied. As such, cyber-criminals stay one step ahead of the law, and dodge prosecution. I believe that the only way to bring justice to this new type of criminal would be to abandon the 'process' and adopt some sort of no-holds-barred attitude. Spend the necessary money to hire experts in the field, and give them the latitude to make decisions on ways to stop the crime before it happens. Since this is unlikely to happen in any kind of government setting, cyber-criminals will always be a step or two ahead of the law.

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