As if it matters to the bad guys, but tampering with Internet resources like commercial or government websites is, indeed, a crime. That means that if you or your company are victimized by such activity, the perpetrator(s) can be sought by authorities throughout the world, arrested, and brought to justice.
There are seven types of criminal activity enumerated in the CFAA: obtaining national security information, compromising confidentiality, trespassing in a government computer, accessing to defraud and obtain value, damaging a computer or information, trafficking in passwords, and threatening to damage a computer. Attempts to commit these crimes are also criminally punishable.
What does this mean to the average citizen or small business? The more we all report incidents to local authorities or the FBI, the less such activity will continue, particularly among youthful offenders who don’t know better. Deterring organized cyber crime is a much larger issue, but the same principle applies. More reports, more investigations, more arrests, greater public awareness.
It is a jungle out there, especially in financial services circles where there is an immediate, direct financial incentive to the perpetrators.
TransXfer is specifically committed to reducing trafficking in passwords and are developing products and services to protect you. We encourage your diligence and feedback as we work to improve our products.