DOJ wants to prosecute cyber criminal activity under racketeering law

November 16, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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The set of laws that has allowed federal prosecutors to bring down traditional organized crime gangs should be applied to international cyber crime rings, a top Department of Justice official told a congressional committee on Nov. 15.

The recommendation was one of several DoJ Deputy Section Chief Richard Downing recommended be made to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) during a House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security hearing on cyber security’s new frontiers. The committee is considering updating the law.

Downing said the CFAA should be modified to allow offenses to be subject to Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) statutes. RICO extends penalties for crimes performed by organizations and allows the leaders of organized crime groups to be tried for the crimes they order subordinates to do.

via Government Security News, continued here.