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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Worldwide Cybercrime Police Network Grows (PC World)

More countries are joining a network designed to quickly react to cybercrime incidents around the world, a senior U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation official said Wednesday.  Fifty-six nations are now part of the 24/7 Network, which means a country has a computer security official available at all times to help meet requests for data or preservation of data from another nation, said Christopher Painter, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s cyberdivision.

Becoming part of the network is required under the Convention on Cybercrime, an international treaty that sets a legal model for other countries to follow when writing anticybercrime legislation.

Of 47 countries that are part of the Council of Europe, 24 have ratified the treaty, and 23 others have signed it but are awaiting their national legislatures to ratify it.

The 24/7 Network is intended to improve coordination between law enforcement, as Internet scams and frauds are often executed using networks of hacked computers located around the world.  That poses much difficulty for law enforcement, as potential evidence could be quickly erased or lost, making prosecutions difficult.

On Wednesday, law enforcement, government officials and security professionals held a closed-door meeting at the International Conference on Cybercrime in Strasbourg, France, to discuss its status.

Posted on 03/12