World Wide Cyber Crime and the Effect on Miami

January 23, 2008 by David S. Seltzer

Online cyber crime is a tricky thing to crack, not only for Miami government agencies, but nationwide. Often time’s government agencies run into barriers when attempting to locate a subject. One might think that the barrier is technology not being able to track the subject’s location, but in reality the barrier is simply jurisdiction. For what I would classify as the “everyday” crime (crimes involving few victims, no minors, etc), jurisdiction can hamper an investigation. When local agencies track IP address’ and other identifying information to a subject, if the information leads them outside the United States, that is where the investigation will slow down, almost to a stand-still, if not die.

Once you involve multiple countries and jurisdictions, each country has different legal requirements and sometimes the delay due to the bureaucracy can spell the end to an investigation. Speaking from experience, when you go International, depending on the crime, it may become a cost-benefit analysis as to the time and expense involved. Of course, agencies will always notify the local jurisdiction, but don’t count on anything by way of results.

With Internet crime on the rise, people are receiving solicitations from overseas for all types of things that will ultimately lead to an individual’s identity being stolen. Identity theft rings are trying to lure in victims from the other side of the world, knowing that local agencies are helpless in their pursuits. Technology has changed the way the world operates, not only for businesses, but for criminals. As much as technology may help the police and government agencies that investigate them, it may also hamper them.