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CEO of Cybersecurity Firm: May Be Tough to Prosecute Target Hackers

Friday, 20 Dec 2013 06:30 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

The cyberhacking of as many as 40 million credit and debit cards of Target shoppers may not be considered an illegal act in the country where it originated, according to Stuart McClure, CEO of the computer security firm Cylance.

Investigators are probing the possibility that the massive security breach was hatched in Asia, possibly Vietnam, where cyberhacking activities have mushroomed.

"Indonesia and Vietnam tend to be two of the hottest hot beds … for hacking," McClure told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"It's real simple because there are no laws, there's no law enforcement of any sort, certainly in the cyberworld."

On Thursday, Target confirmed its security systems had been breached and hackers had gained access to as many as 40 million credit and debit card accounts.

If one of the emerging Asian nations was the point of origin, the crime may be tough to prosecute.

"It depends on how the attack occurred, what systems they used to perform the attack, what type of tools they used to perform," McClure said.

"I understand that it was actually more of a malware type of attack on the point of sales systems … that's the scuttlebutt right now. And if that's the case, it's most likely not going to be within the realm of law enforcement's jurisdiction.

"Interpol might jump in and try and enforce some local enforcement, but honestly, there's just very little attention to that stuff to emerging markets like that."


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