Category Archives: Cyberespionage

Full Count?: Crime Rate Swings, Cybercrime Misses and Why We Don’t Really Know the Score

The exponential growth of cybercrimes continues to wreak havoc on governments, businesses, and individuals, and there has been progress in combating these crimes, even leading to near ubiquitous recognition of the cybercrime problem.

Eileen Decker focuses the reader on the lack of understanding of these disastrous crimes as derivative of a lack of collection and analysis of accurate and comprehensive data on the subject.

This article provides an analysis of the current cybercrime data collection programs, by calling attention to their successes while highlighting their critical weaknesses, gaps, and downfalls. The author then dives into the importance of cybercrime data collection and the impact that large scale data collection has while contrasting with the detrimental impacts of insufficient data collection.

In an imperative call to action, Decker recommends an expansive modernization of cybercrime data collection that focuses on efficiency and accuracy.

Advancing Accurate & Objective Cybercrime Metrics

Cybercrime has increased dramatically in this century. Although there is broad academic consensus that a dearth of official data on crimes committed in cyberspace hampers cybercrime enforcement efforts, even the most affluent nations have not yet managed to systematically catalogue cybercrime statistics.

Through a detailed analysis of efforts to keep track of this ever-evolving area of the law, Stephen Cobb outlines a future strategy that builds on the existing machinery of crime measurement and applies it at the national, regional, and international level.

At a time when cyberthreats are escalating, Cobb sheds light on historical and contemporary examples of successful monitoring efforts to show that committing to closing the cybercrime metrics gap is critical to crime deterrence efforts everywhere.

Persistent Enforcement: Criminal Charges as a Response to Nation-State Malicious Cyber Activity

Malicious cyber activities by foreign states present major challenges to the US government. Foreign governments steal intellectual property, attack election systems, wage influence campaigns, and cripple American companies. One tool brought to bear most recently against these state actors is the criminal indictment.

This article reviews the use of criminal charges as a response to nation-state hacking and proposes a conceptual framework for understanding the utility of those charges as a tool to effectively combat malicious cyber activity.

Finally, the article applies this framework to case studies involving China, Russia, Iran, Syria, and North Korea and evaluates the use of criminal charges as a component of broader U.S. cyber policy.