UNGA adopts Russia's resolution on cybercrime

18 Dec 2018

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted Russia’s resolution on ‘Countering the use of information and communication technologies for criminal purposes’, which was supported by 88 countries. The resolution requests that the Secretary-General seek the views of Member States on the challenges they face in countering the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for criminal purposes. This is to be followed by a report based on those views issued by the Secretary General, which would be considered by the UNGA at its seventy-fourth session. Additional costs that may arise in implementation of this should be met from voluntary contributions. The resolution also stipulates that the UNGA should include in the provisional agenda of its seventy-fourth session an item titled ‘Countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes’.

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Cybercrime is crime committed via the Internet and computer systems. One category of cybercrimes are those affecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data and computer systems; they include: unauthorised access to computer systems, illegal interception of data transmissions, data interference (damaging, deletion, deterioration, alteration of suppression of data), system interf


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