UN plans cybercrime measures

A report presented to the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice has proposed a series of short-term...

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A report presented to the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice has proposed a series of short-term measures that could be taken to strengthen international efforts to fight high-tech crime.

These measures would serve as a stopgap while the international community considers whether there is a need for a global convention on cybercrime that would outlaw computer and Internet offences throughout the world.

The commission was established in 1992 to set global policy on crime control matters. Its report highlighted policing problems caused by conflicting national cybercrime laws.

The short-term strategy would include disseminating information to UN member countries; providing direct technical assistance to some governments; and the creation of a global network of national contact points able to provide assistance and information about ongoing cybercrime investigations.

The initiative would be financed through the UN. "The universality of the technologies and their vulnerability to exploitation by offenders anywhere provide incentives for states with financial or technical resources to assist other states," said the report.


Keith Nuthall

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