More prosecutors and more money to fight cyberterror and copyright infringements
While us president bush is preparing his country for a long war in times of recession, the us is apparently also preparing for another theater of war: the us department of justice is currently looking more intensively for lawyers with it skills. In addition, two bills were introduced in the u.S. Senate earlier this week to provide more money and teaching tools to counter cyberterrorism.
The website of the us department of justice has been looking for lawyers for the us computer crime initiative for a few days now. Computer crime and intellectual property ("copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets"). In addition to possible cooperation in criminal proceedings, the tasks also include advising public and private bodies as well as cooperation in and evaluation of draft laws on cybercrime and copyright offences. Knowledge of and interest in computers, telecommunications networks, and other future technologies are highly desirable, the job announcement continues.
According to the online magazine newsbytes, hundreds of applications for the job offer have already been received by the u.S. Department of justice. An unnamed ministry official told newsbytes that they plan to hire about a dozen new lawyers in this area, plus possibly as many staff and secretaries, and possibly some non-legally trained it experts.
400 million dollars against cyberterror
In addition, earlier this week, democratic senator john edwards introduced two bills in the u.S. Senate that would provide money for research and training against cyberterrorism. Edwards said on the occasion of the presentation of his draft legislation:
"We live in an age in which a cyberterrorist can do as much with a keyboard and a modem as with a bomb."
As examples of the danger of cyberterrorism, edwards cited, among others, the two computer viruses nimda and code red, which he said had cost the u.S. Economy three billion dollars. Another example of the danger from the net, according to edwards, is the defacement of a us army website.
Its "cyberterrorism preparedness act of 2002" now aims to prevent it by having a group of scientists and it experts work on a set of network security solutions. The group is said to have 400 million dollars at its disposal for its work. These security solutions – to be used as examples "individual passwords" and "prompt installation of patches" the first step will be to test the system on government computers, and then to consider porting it to the computers of private institutions.
The "cybersecurity research and education act of 2002" aims to train more scientists in the field of it security. Edward has also thought of a "virtual university" with a focus on cybersecurity, which appears to operate under the direction of the nsa.