How Hackers Get Away With Crimes

Although law enforcement agencies make a big deal about catching the occasional hackers, many of the most sophisticated cybercriminals evade capture with ease, breaking into companies at will, and taunting them with their evasive abilities.

The advent of the Internet has created a new kind of criminal, who is typically both better funded and more technologically adept than most of the law enforcement agencies pursuing them. They cost e-commerce companies $700 million last year.

Speed is the primary tool used by these savvy criminals. They break in in moments, and erase their 'fingerprints' - the logs of the servers they used - behind them. Blame can be divided between police and e-retailers who don't protect data well.