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[ NNSquad ] Expansive definitions of "Cybercrime"
----- Forwarded message from [name withheld on request] ----- Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 20:16:33 +XXXX From: On a tip from an Undisclosed Recipient, I took a look at http://www.justice.gov/criminal/cybercrime That's the official website of the US Department of Justice, their main "cybercrime" page. Now I've taken a look at some of their press releases, and in with the email stalkers and financial criminals I find press releases about indictments or convictions for these (alleged) crimes: making and selling counterfeit CDs and DVDs selling counterfeit drugs selling unlabeled pesticides for pets, and infringing a trademark theft of trade secrets selling counterfeit and misbranded drugs selling counterfeit computers possessing prohibited photographs or videos conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods, and mail fraud selling counterfeit purses, handbags, wallets, and sunglasses selling counterfeit clothes and accessories selling counterfeit clothes Cybercrime? If I breathe while selling counterfeit sunglasses, have I violated the Clean Air Act? What makes all this into cybercrime? "Ooooo, he sold counterfeit computers -- must be cybercrime!" But where do the sunglasses, prohibited photos, and trademark infringement come in? Do we have an agency in search of a mission? It's pathetic. In 1965 or 1966, Spider Magazine (of which I was a perp) published an "Application For Continuation Of Existence" modeled to look like a tax form: justify your right to continued existence, on a single page. It looks to me as if the US Justice Department has a cybercrime division that's applying for continued existence. Why they have to be so clueless about it is a good question. ----- End forwarded message -----