Daily headlines about cyber crime are the norm and occasionally we learn that arrests are made, but did you ever wonder if those cyber criminals ever were convicted? Or went to jail? Historically the conventional wisdom from the FBI, Interpol, and police agencies around the world used to be that only about 10% of IT (Information Technology) crimes were ever reported. Of course the primary reason to keep IT crime a secret was that if a major IT company admitted they were robbed it would likely lead to a lack of public confidence.
But today revelations about cyber crime are common every day on Internet reports, and as a result public awareness about cyber crime is the norm. Clearly most companies cannot hide these cyber crimes from the public.
In 2013 many cyber criminals were sentenced in the US because of hacking into POS (Point of Sale) systems, hacking “corporate, university and government computer networks,” copyright infringement of movies, and a myriad of other crimes.
To learn more about 2013 cyber criminal jail sentences please read my eCommerce Times column “Internet Crimes Led to Long Jail Sentences in 2013.”