Part of the problem, as I see it, is that the perception of cyber crime is still hanging over from the 1980s and 1990s. Curious teenagers breaking into companies??? and wreaking some havoc although not causing any damage. While this is still true, it is not representative of the trends that have been taking place during the past decade. Malware is big business and some of the people who organize this stuff, particularly in the former eastern bloc in Europe, have taken over and will resort to extreme measure to protect their business, as Menn???s article points out.
Cybercrime is not just about hackers and viruses. It’s serious, organized crime.