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Cyber Crime Increased - Whether in Terrorism or in White-collar Arena

Robert S. Mueller III, Director of FBI, reached Pittsburgh on November 7, 2007 to visit the Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

During a brief interaction with media, Mr. Mueller said that he was in Pittsburgh not just accidently, but because the place was uniquely important for the fight against cyber crime. He said it was important for the academia, the private sector and law enforcement to work together to achieve this feat. Post-gazette reported this on November 8, 2007.

Mr. Mueller said that terrorists were getting more advanced in their operations on cyber space and using the cyberspace to transfer messages, plan strategic operations, and distribute material propagating their ideas and messages. This happens over and above the existing global threats of computer attacks.

Mr. Robert Mueller said that a number of terrorist gangs like the Al Qaeda were using the Internet to make recruitments, to train the new entrants and to communicate far and wide. WTAE-TV published this in news on November 7, 2007.

In July 2007, investigators in the UK uncovered a plot by a terrorist group. They arrested three individuals including Younis Tsouli, the leader who is known by a code name Irhabi007. According to Mueller, these terrorists committed a fraud via Internet to rob $3 Million from various credit card accounts in order to buy materials required for accomplishing terrorist attacks, reported WTAE-TV.

During the past few years, cyber criminals have advanced substantially whether in the field of terrorism or in the area of white-collar crime by causing disruptions and launching attacks, Mueller added.

Chief Executive Officer Ronald E. Plesco Jr. of Pittsburgh-headquartered National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance, said that there were 600 partners to his organization. Post-gazette reported this on November 8, 2007. Mr. Plesco said although the partners act competitively amongst themselves, for e.g., Google and Microsoft, but when it comes to combat cyber crime, they work jointly.

Though in this game, the cyber criminals are most of the time one step ahead, Plesco believes that by joining the resources of these partners, it is possible to float with the wave, though not essentially be on its tip.

Mr. Mueller further added that all these steps definitely raised the safety levels as on Sept. 11; however, it does not mean safety in absolute sense, reported Post-gazette.

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