[ISN] Police Grapple With Cybercrime

http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304626304579508212978109316-lMyQjAxMTA0MDIwMTEyNDEyWj By DANNY YADRON The Wall Street Journal April 20, 2014 When cybercriminals stole $2.5 million from the state of Utah in 2009, authorities got most of the money back—but never could find their man. The money was wired to a bank account in Texas, officials said, as a step before an attempt to move it overseas. Utah authorities managed to freeze much of the funding in the U.S., but couldn’t figure out how the state agency got hacked and by whom, officials said. At one point, state investigators sought a man with a false name at a nonexistent address. “It was just, for us, kind of a helpless feeling,” Utah Commissioner of Public Safety Keith Squires said of the incident. As crime is increasingly moving online, state and local police—who have spent decades refining how to track down murderers, thieves and drug dealers—are having a hard time keeping up. “It probably is one of the most perplexing questions right now in terms of state and local policing: How do they handle this stuff?” said Richard McFeely, who recently stepped down as the top cybersecurity official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “We’re not generally working these cases. We need to get out ahead of this.” […]




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