January 26, 2012
DAVOS, Switzerland — International action to snuff out cybercrime is desperately needed, officials and business leaders said here, warning that criminals move at Internet speed while countries drag their feet.
Many hackers are no longer just mischievous individuals.
Instead well-funded organisations do it for profit, along with spies and terrorists, but many governments are struggling to fight it.
“Many countries don’t have laws to criminalise cyber crime, they don’t have means and tools to investigate, to share information,” said Yury Fedotov, who heads the United Nations office on drugs and crime.
Cybercrime is “interconnected in terms of crime, but not interconnected in collaboration” against it, he added, noting that there is not even an agreement on what constitutes cybercrime.