Whodunit? In cybercrime, attribution is not easy
“Whodunit” is essential to solving crimes. You can’t make an arrest or prosecute a crime if you don’t even know who committed it.
That makes “attribution” one of the major challenges of law enforcement. But while identifying perpetrators is difficult enough in the physical world, it is even tougher in the cyber world, where the ways for perpetrators to cover their tracks or make it look like a breach was committed by someone else are both sophisticated and practically limitless.
Even experts who argue that credible attribution is possible don’t claim it is easy or quick.
But the debate over whether it is even possible in any meaningful way continues to rage.