February 2017 Cybercrime Edition

Welcome to the Cybercrime Special Edition of McCann Cyber Investigations: Insight Delivered. This month’s articles focus on different aspects of cybercrime, including a look into what crimes fall under this classification, the surprising amount of annual cybercrime convictions, and a highlighted cybercrime case. Find those and more below…

  • The Cardinal Ruling

    Although stealing signs has been commonplace in major league baseball for decades, the type of theft that occurred beginning January 2012 from the Houston Astros computer network was unprecedented in professional sports. The case began with the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigating allegations that a member of the St. Louis Cardinals organization hacked into a Houston Astros database after sensitive information belonging to the Astros appeared on the Internet. Using the standard cyber investigative technique of tracing an IP address back to the home of a Cardinals employee, the FBI began unraveling the scheme. They quickly determined that former St. Louis Cardinals executive Chris Correa gained unauthorized access to the computer systems of the Houston Astros containing player evaluations, trade information, medical records, and statistics. Correa gained access to the systems by hacking former Cardinals executive and current Astros executive Jeff Luhnow’s account using old log in credentials. When the + READ MORE

  • Cybercrime Most Wanted

    Cybercrime has undergone immense growth in recent years, making the almost complete lack of data regarding cybercrime trials and convictions unacceptable. Large agencies such as the Bureau of Prisons and the United States Sentencing Commission fail to include cybercrime in their reporting. The U.S. Justice Department offers a small statistic in the number of federal cybercrime cases filed, but reporting on actual cybercrime convictions is almost non-existent. The question becomes: are there even enough cybercrime convictions to warrant inclusion within reports? Unfortunately no, there are shockingly few cybercrime convictions. One of the last times the FBI included conviction rates within their annual Internet Crime Report was 2010. In this report the FBI noted over 300,000 cybercrime complaints, 1,420 of which were filed. Of those, 6 cases resulted in convictions. These disappointing statistics demonstrate the desperate need for a change in policies and practices in order for law enforcement to adapt to + READ MORE

  • Assessing the Cybercrime Epidemic

    For several years now, the impact of cybercrime on our society has been rising within the public consciousness.  A decade or more ago, the only people concerned with cybercrime were certain specialists whose lives were directly impacted.  Over the last decade or so, we’ve witnessed a dramatic increase in smart phones, online banking, cloud storage and all variants of electronic communication.  This proliferation of data in all its forms has opened up an entirely new world of opportunities for cyber criminals.  Bear with me momentarily while I remind you of several of the watermarks in this arena. We’ve seen two significant hacks of Yahoo that endanger a multi-billion dollar deal with Verizon. Healthcare provider Anthem had millions of customer records stolen in a breach.  The marital cheating website Ashley Madison was subjected to ransom demands from criminals who obtained and ultimately released member names, emails and chats – quite a + READ MORE

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