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RootPrompt.org: Calling the Cops

Jul 17, 2000, 18:27 (0 Talkback[s])

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"I have been asked a lot of questions about the Cracked! series of articles and our dealings with the police. Some people have asked why we did not prosecute the cracker and why we did not try to catch him. I decided to write an article discussing our experiences with local, state and federal law enforcement. Please remember that I am not a lawyer and this article is not intended and should not be used as legal advice."

"Once the cracker had trashed our system the FBI became much more interested. They had us make up a estimate of how much the losses and damage cost us. Which as usual for these sort of things was somewhere between real and ridiculous. How to you assign dollar amount losses to a community network's down time? They told us that it was much easier to get a prosecution when there were actual damages and not just an intrusion. If I ever go through this again I think that I would report all time spent recovering and dealing with the crack as losses from the onset. After all they are real losses of time and effort."

"So what lessons did I learn from all of this? The first lesson would have to be that when you want someone arrested it really helps if they are a citizen of your own country and they live nearby. Other lessons include the more hops they go through the more sniffers you need to catch them and that the cops have a lot to do and they may not take the time to help you, while still sounding like they are. I kind of understand why the FBI does not talk about investigations that they are working on. Having the details leaked would not help them catch anyone but from our perspective it was very frustrating. After a while you realize that the positive spin is just spin."

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