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Experts Convinced Tackling Cybercrime Requires Global Approach

Information technology managers, legal functionaries, and UN authorities on October 5, 2007 cautioned that there is a pressing need to adopt a comprehensive technique for harnessing hacking and security concerns on the Web.

The October 5, 2007 edition of AFP reported that the Head of International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Hamadoun Toure, stated that individual regional or national methods to handle spam, cyber-terrorists, remote strikes on computers, and exploitation of the Web for cyber-crime would undoubtedly be imperfect.

The endeavor to establish a universal program to handle computer security has eventually made progress after an onslaught of computer strikes on the Estonian sites and computer services in May 2007. The Baltic state is engaged in a wrangle with ex-ruler Russia, since the breakdown of the Soviet Union over the dislodgment of a Soviet war monument in Tallinn, with Estonia tackling an onslaught of cyber attacks, incapacitating sites owned by the government, banking concerns, publishing firms, private firms, and political parties.

The job Website Monster.com being attacked is another living instance of hacking. Cyber-terrorists took the help of a malware (Infostealer-Monstres) to hack into the Monster.com curriculum vitae database and burgle the contact details of job hunters. The stolen data contained the personal contact details such as phone numbers, banking details and email addresses of customers who had signed up with the job-search Website.

Computer security is a worldwide issue and it requires a comprehensive solution, Toure informed reporters after a conference of telecommunication executives, legal specialists, government functionaries and UN authorities.

According to news reported by AFP on October 5, 2007, a justice and cyber-crime expert from Norway, Stein Schjolberg, averred that it can be repeated anywhere in the world and whatever is pertinent in the normal world can be relevant though in a magnified way in the world of computers.

The conference resolved to create five task forces to analyze potential legislative and technological safeguards, greater global support, and equally supportive financial and security groundwork.

Toure informed that the specialists were planning to present their discoveries in March 2008, and after that, he would initiate suggestions on specific measures to be undertaken at a council gathering of ITU to be held in September 2008.

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