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

“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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