Sibal says some nations are indulging in cybercrime

NEW DELHI: Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal says some nations are found to be indulging in cybercrime, or are employing individuals who are not directly linked to them for carrying out such practices.


Sibal said: “Now, what is happening today is that we know for a fact that nations have organised themselves to indulge in cyber crime. We know for a fact that they work sometimes through individuals far removed from them and from spaces that may not be even cited in their own country and part of the attack may come from somewhere else.”


Speaking at an IT-ITeS body Nasscom event here, the minister said that there is a need to create a global standard to fight cybercrime. “Now, the internet world today does not allow us to find where the attack came from and who attacked us, nor does it allow us to disclose the identity of the attackers. We need to develop global rules for that. We need a global accord for that and we then need a system of cyber justice,” he added.


Sibal said it is important to evolve rules so that internet freedom does not deteriorate into lawlessness. “So in that situation how do we evolve rules to deal with those issues? If we don't do that we will have lawlessness. Freedom and lawlessness are two sides of the same coin. If freedom is not exercised with a sense of responsibility, then it results in lawlessness. So, freedom becomes its own enemy in the absence of accountability. It is a very dangerous proposition and we can’t let that happen,” he added. 

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