[ISN] World Cybercrime Experts See Need for Laws, Ties

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Date: Wed Oct 16 2002 - 23:50:19 PDT

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    By Kim Yeon-hee 
    October 16, 2002 
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Top international cyber-crimebusters wrapped up a
    three-day conference in the world's most wired country on Wednesday
    with a call for greater global cooperation to fight online offences.
    Senior cyber-crime police officers from 37 countries agreed at a
    meeting in South Korea that worldwide investigations were needed to
    chase online criminals who operate with little regard for state
    "Cyber crimes are global crimes, using global IT networks," said Des
    Berwick, an executive officer of the Australasian Center for Policing
    Research, on the sidelines of the fifth Interpol conference on
    computer crime.
    Interpol -- which promotes international police cooperation and does
    not deal with crimes involving just one country -- is based in Lyon,
    France, and has 179 member countries.
    It was the first time Interpol had held its computer crimes conference
    outside its headquarters and it was no coincidence South Korea was
    chosen as the venue. South Korea has the world's highest number of
    high-speed broadband Internet users, and has cyber-crime statistics to
    Interpol has had a unit, the High Tech Crime Unit, in charge of online
    crimes since 2000.
    "A large component of this conference in Interpol activity is the
    encouragement and establishment of cooperative mechanisms. So you have
    communication liaison," said Berwick. "They can investigate
    simultaneously around the world."
    A lack of laws covering online crimes has hindered international
    investigations into the growing number of crimes on the Internet.
    About 50-60 countries have their own laws against cyber crimes, but
    more than 100 countries have no laws on computer offences, said Marc
    Goodman, a representative of Interpol's U.S. operations.
    "Having laws on the book is the first step," said Berwick.
    In South Korea, cyber offences, including slandering and financial
    fraud online, shot up 126 percent to 33,289 cases in 2001 from a year
    earlier, and totaled 39,482 cases in the first eight months of this
    year, according to the cyber-crime center under the country's National
    Police Agency.
    The number of cases jumped 43 percent in 2000, with computer-savvy
    teenagers topping the list of offenders.
    Online games added to the number of cyber offences, given recent cases
    in which some Internet game buffs paid people real money to "kill"  
    their cyber enemies.
    "Many Korean citizens are online. The more people you have online, the
    more cyber crime you are likely to have," said Goodman.
    Hacking on computer systems, spreading viruses and cheating online
    equity investors were among the most frequent Internet crimes in
    Asia's fourth-biggest economy.
    "We must have global cooperation...in investigating, addressing and
    reducing the risk, and potential for cyber crimes," said Berwick.
    Back in 1990, less than 100,000 people were able to log on to the
    Internet worldwide. Now around 500 million people are hooked up to
    surf the net around the globe, Goodman said.
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