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Council of Europe Organized Conference on Cyber Crime

The problem of cybercrime has taken a gigantic form over the recent years. More than 300 security experts participated in the Council of Europe conference on cyber crime in the fourth week of March 2010 to share their views on treaty and better cooperation in a rapidly changing landscape. The current picture of landscape clearly points towards cyber criminals' upper hand.

Ranging from running fee frauds to install malicious software via spam messages, Internet has transformed into a wild-west style frontier. Law enforcement agencies have got notable success over the past few years, but cyber criminals continue to be big headache for them.

Kauto Huopio, Senior Information Security Adviser, the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, said that cyber criminals well acquainted with a fact that law enforcement investigations took time to complete. They always look for places where they could not be caught, resulting in obstacles for international cooperation.

Commenting on the issue, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General, the Council of Europe, said in his opening remarks at the Council's cybercrime conference on March 13, 2010 that they could easily get success against cyber crime if they united around one international instrument, as reported by PCWorld on March 24, 2010. As more and more companies join the Council, there are better chances to gain ground against cyber criminals.

The Council of Europe was formed in 1949 to oversee human rights issues in the 47 member countries. It is also the main organization behind the Convention on Cyber crime. The treaty facilitates in the formation of foundation for the enforcement of cyberspace law globally. It requires countries to make a representative available round the clock in a day to help in investigations.

Moreover, other key issues were also raised at the conference. Roland Perry, RIPE NCC's Public Affairs Officer, said that they had got more request for information about how they should operate, as reported by SFGate on March 25, 2010.

Giving details about the operation, experts said that they had been putting in efforts to create awareness among prosecutors and judges about cyber crime.

While prosecuting e-crime, it is essential that juries should understand evidence as well. There are plans to use videos in the court to explain judges - how a Trojan operates - that make jurors understand technical concepts.

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