International CyberCrime Treaty Approved

The Register reports that the first and only international treaty designed exclusively to combat computer crime won approval last week from the US Senate.

“The Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime "will enhance our ability to co-operate with foreign governments in fighting terrorism, computer hacking, money laundering and child pornography, among other crimes," senator Richard Lugar, the Indiana Republican who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement.”

The treaty is intended to harmonise computer crime laws, especially those in smaller or less developed nations that may not have updated their legal framework to reflect the complexities of the internet. It requires participating countries to target a broad swath of activities, including unauthorised intrusions into networks, fraud, the release of worms and viruses, child pornography and copyright infringement.