John Leyden
The Register
Oct 14, 2010

A former White House security advisor has urged a crackdown on rogue states that serve as a “safe haven” for cybercrime, along with a fundamental rethink of internet architectures.

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Richard Clarke, who served as special advisor to the President George W Bush on cybersecurity, told delegates to the RSA Conference in London that Western law enforcement officials often fail to get the help they need when after they track back the source of cyber attacks to countries such as Moldova, Russia and Belarus in eastern Europe.

“These countries are international cyber-sanctuaries for crime,” Clarke said.

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“Local governments tolerate hacking where attacks occur outside the country. Hackers, who pay local police kickbacks, can be used to work for the government, in cases where they need plausible deniability.”

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