Escalating Hacking Incidents
As more and more businesses become corporate victims of hacking, more aggressive legal actions are being taken to punish hackers for their deeds. A college student that hacked email accounts belonging to the former governor of Alaska was brought to trial and penalized for his behavior. Similarly, those hacking corporate networks are being hauled into court, such as the famous case where five corporations including 7-Eleven were hacked.
Prosecuting hackers may prove to be an ineffective method for dealing with hackers, as evidenced by the growing international flavor of cyber crime.
Perhaps one of the most widely publicized hacking stories of 2010 involved the way Google's Chinese operation was hacked, leading to no small stir as Google exited China proper in protest, leaving its market to be filled by its native rival, Baidu.
When stolen sensitive American documents appeared on the Internet, the American government became a victim of cyber crime, although it may not fit the strictest criteria for hacking, but it did represent a serious security issue existing within the United States military and the American government. According to some reports, the document dump included evidence that suggested that the Chinese government was behind the attack on Google, making it one of the first corporate victims of hacking perpetrated as part of government policy.
Also in 2010, the Chinese government was implicated in several high profile cyber attacks on the United States in media reports including some from the New York Times. For a short time, the hacking was so massive that it hijacked network traffic from the United States Congress and the Department of Defense, routing it through servers in China where some suspect national security information may have been siphoned off. The Wikileaks documents purportedly contained information that substantiated these suspicions.