Drawing a Line Under the Overrated Cyber Threat

Posted: 08/03/2011

Where do we begin when we talk about prosecuting those guilty of cyber offenses?

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Professor Peter Sommer, legal expert on cyber issues at the London School of Economics, paints a picture of how individuals and their civil liberties overlap with governments' move to crack down on cyber crimes. The cases of hackers Gary McKinnon and Ryan Cleary demonstrate how untested this domain really is. Where does extradition fall in these cases? Is legal punishment an effective deterrent to cyber infractions, especially when most organised breaches could have been prevented by run-of-the-mill security measures? Watch to find out what Professor Sommer thinks is the way forward in applying the law to cyber crime.

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