Hardly a week goes by without reports about cyber attacks in the news. These much-noticed hacks often affect companies and government institutions, but private individuals are also the targets of criminal hackers. Most of the time, it’s simply about money; cybercrime has come to be a business model. Linda Bertram is a public prosecutor at the Center for Combatting Cybercrime (ZIT). She and her team hunt down such groups and are just as internationally networked as the hackers they pursue. In this podcast, she talks to Petra Gehring and Marlene Görger about the major strike against the group behind Emotet, the “king of malware,” which succeeded in early 2021 and caused quite a stir. She explains what cybercrime is, how investigators tackle it and how individuals can protect themselves. This second episode of “Digitalgespräch” also asks what considerations the rule of law requires of investigative teams and what limits it sets for them.
Episode 2 of “Digitalgespräch”, feat. Linda Bertram of the Center for Combatting Cybercrime (ZIT) , 8 June 2021
Link to an Ukrainian police video showing an operation against hackers behind Emotet:
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