[IWAR] Intl effort against 'cybercrime'

From: Michael Wilson (MWILSON/0005514706at_private)
Date: Wed Dec 10 1997 - 15:23:26 PST

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    The Netly News / Afternoon Line (http://netlynews.com/)
    December 10, 1997
    Big Eight Ball
       At a briefing at FBI headquarters today, top police officials from
       eight countries outlined a 10-point action plan calling for greater
       cooperation, joint training and a revision of national laws to combat
       malicious hackers and "cybercrime."
       Anne McLellan, Canada's attorney general, said her country wanted to
       crack down on "old crimes using new technology -- for example, child
       pornography or hate." Left unsaid was how, for instance, the U.S.
       could follow Canada's lead and ban racist web sites, which are
       permissible under the First Amendment.
       Among the virtual crimes listed were the "cyber-offenses" of money
       laundering and... H-bomb smuggling? (In response to a reporter's
       question, the Russians denied they had misplaced 84 of their nuclear
       weapons.) Heinz Lanfermann, Germany's state secretary, added to the
       list of Internet undesirables "all those who are organizing slave
       trading and drug trafficking and car theft."
       U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno pointedly declined to address
       encryption, saying "it was generally not a topic" discussed. She did,
       however, applaud the Internet industry for offering to "work together
       in a collaborative manner" to track "computer criminals."
       But she clearly intends to do more than collaborate: The joint
       principles call for the government "to continue providing the public
       and private sectors with standards for reliable and secure
       telecommunications and data processing technologies." Like the Clipper
       Chip, maybe? --By Declan McCullagh/Washington

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