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Computer crimes: international prospects

Date: September 04, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Natalia Akhtyrskaya

Computer crimes are distant. So, according to the information provided by law enforcement of the Republic of Belarus, they initiated 11 criminal cases against several persons living in Germany. The suspects were the former residents of Belarus and Russia.

July 27, 2004, Google and Yahoo! websites were down approximately from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. due to the new version of MyDoom virus attack. The previous versions attacked websites of Microsoft and SCO.

Such messages raise the question about the necessity of a unified approach to counteraction to criminal actions, development of new technical control means, detection of information network intrusions, and also more perfect legal regulation of responsibility for the mentioned offences.

The global practice testifies that lawmakers differently evaluate such actions. Therefore, an information theft case was opened against a person who took the picture of someone else’s papers without right in France; in 1983 information was recognized as a thing in the Netherlands.

In 1973 a criminal liability for alteration, destruction or access without right to records on computer carriers was implemented in Switzerland. Germany introduced a criminal liability for computer fraud and computer espionage in 1986.

Technical equipment of law enforcement is the basis of modern revealing of crimes; legislation is a necessary means of turning information into evidence. Therein, the image shot by the video control camera showing two unknown persons right at the moment when they were activating the explosive device, served as the main evidence to arrest terrorists during the investigation of explosions in Istanbul on August 9-10, this year.

National laws of the CIS countries contain observation, tapping, and interception of data procedures involving seizure of postal or telegraph correspondence, email and facsimile. But there’s a difference in approaches to these procedures, although, taking the international character of crimes committed using information technologies into account, it is necessary to unify approaches to legal provision of collecting information by using technical means procedure.

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