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S.Korean President Cites Spam as Crime Threatening Internet Users’ Trust

Lee Myung-bak, President of South Korea said on June 16, 2008, while giving the inaugural speech at the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) Ministerial Meeting on "The Future of the Internet Economy" in Seoul, that the dissemination of "incorrect and false" information through spam mails and via other Internet channels is causing danger to people's mutual trust and rational thinking, as reported by XINHUA on June 17, 2008.

The OECD Ministerial Meeting that started on June 17, 2008 presented a report which said that by the end of 2007, 94% of the South Korean households had access to the Internet, positioning the country as first among the 31 OECD member nations.

However, this large-scale Internet access has resulted in a increase of number of cyber crimes such as spamming, phishing, and denial-of-service attacks by using the botnets. Security bodies say that some the South Korean hackers are using these botnets to serve up computer viruses, Trojans, malware and other harmful codes.

In addition, Lee's administration has been plagued with various unconfirmed Internet rumors relating to mad cow disease due to the consumption of American beef that has given rise to more incidents of Internet crime.

While rendering his speech to the OECD leaders, Lee called for more initiatives by the OECD countries to prevent the misuse of the Internet and to create a secured Internet-using community not just in South Korea but also across the whole cyber world.

Reports received further indicate that South Korea ranks first in household Internet penetration among member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Lee also warned that the Internet is inflicted with new tasks and challenges to resolve on account of a persistent trust problem. He said that the Internet power could also be injurious for its users from a failed public confidence as he illustrated his point with the growing number of Internet viruses and worldwide hacking incidents.

Meanwhile, according to the reports received, South Korea has always tried to erode cyber crime as per news published in 2004 reporting that South Korea sought to prohibit UCE (unsolicited commercial e-mails).

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