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Cybercrime seminar: terrorist events and funding occur through cyberspace

Date: November 07, 2007

Australian High Commissioner Douglas Foskett in Dhaka has called for building a counter-terrorism framework across the Asia-Pacific region for safety of all citizens in the region, saying terrorist events and funding occur through cyberspace. Speaking at a 3-day seminar on Cybercrime at Hotel Sheraton on (Monday), he said cybercrime has become an issue of increasing concern all over the world and there is no reason to think that Bangladesh will be spared its curse.

Foskett said internet users are growing rapidly in Bangladesh especially in the metropolitan areas. In 2000, the number of internet users was 100,000 and it shot up to 450,000 in 2007. He said the potential for further rapid growth of internet users and the need for proper use of IT in all sectors, the Bangladesh government adopted a law on ICT last year that addressed some major issues including cybercrime.

The detective branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) also set up a Cybercrime Unit in July this year, he noted.

"The high tech crime knows no boundaries," Foskett said adding that the Australian High Tech Crime Center (AHTCC) is reaching out to other countries to strengthen cooperation and build a network of international links.

He said the AHTCC and other international participants bring to the workshop a willingness to provide guidance, infrastructure development and technical assistance to assist Bangladesh combat cybercrime.

"This will be a good opportunity to share your views and develop a strong network of expertise and personal contacts."
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