In the digital world, you have criminal forces that are pretty unconstrained because, like anyone wearing the magic ring, they can maintain anonymity. "Cyber crime is low cost with an abundant work surface of opportunity to go after. Attackers can research an organization, send an email to fraudulently engage in dialogue, and extract money out of an organization," Bauer said.
Clearly, we have a problem of ethics as has always been the struggle in any society. "These are only the early signs of issues that will grow as we become more and more connected," Bauer said.
Whether it is blackmail extortion, cyber espionage, phishing attacks, malware, malvertising, the threats of bad actors will continue to evolve. "There becomes a duty of care for and as a society, to work toward a way to ensure the rule of law prevails as everything changes to this digital format," Bauer said.
Anonymous groups of adversaries have always threatened the welfare of society, and the world has never had a shortage of people that are economically unethical or disadvantaged. Greater access to anonymity via the dark web is tantamount to handing human beings these magic rings that will turn them invisible.
Security is going to be one of the key areas of work that needs to be done today and in the future as the world grows more digitally connected while departing more from our interpersonal connections.
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