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ComputerWorld: Justice Dept. says new laws needed to track hackers

Mar 01, 2000, 14:38 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Thibodeau)

"U.S. Department of Justice officials today told a joint congressional committee that the law has to be changed to make it easier to pursue hackers. They also want more money to hire prosecutors and analysts, as well as improve research capabilities of federal, state and local law enforcers investigating cybercrime."

"...Justice officials say that changes in existing laws would have helped the investigation into the denial-of-service attacks, particularly those concerning the government's ability to trace a call."

"When a hacker breaks into a system, the attack may travel a serpentine route utilizing multiple servers and carriers located in numerous states. But when police and federal agents attempt to trace the attack, they must apply for court orders in each jurisdiction -- creating a cumbersome process for investigators."

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