14 January 2013, 14:43

BRICS to counter cyber terrorism

BRICS to counter cyber terrorism

The BRICS that embraces Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, believes that the entire international community should fight against cybercrimes. There is a need to create an international mechanism to stop spreading ways of waging terrorist activity as well as to put an end to the organization of mass-scale unrest and deliberate misinformation via the worldwide web.

This statement was made by Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev in New Delhi in the wake of a meeting with high-ranking BRICS security officials.

In fact, this has nothing to do with the filtration of information. There is an urgent need to work out international standards and rules of behavior on the Internet. The participants of the meeting suggested setting up mechanisms to ensure information security at the UN level. The spread of calls for committing crimes and false information should be punished, says Nikolai Patrushev. At present, crimes are often committed or preparations are made to commit offences on the worldwide web, say experts in IT security. The Internet is being used not only by cybercriminals for achieving their personal benefits selfishly but also various extremist organizations, including extremist groups that use it for spreading their ideas and attracting supporters. This poses a real threat to all countries, says director of the “Security Technology” international forum Alexander Vlasov.

“The threat of terrorism spread via worldwide web is an urgent issue not only for the BRICS member countries but the world as a whole. It’s no mere chance that Russia together with its partners, especially with India and China has put forward the initiative to restrict the spread of information potentially capable of causing terrorist attacks with the help of the Internet. These measures have not been adopted as an international convention yet. I can understand why Russia has suggested adopting such a document within the BRICS framework. This document is aimed at creating a legal mechanism to control correspondence through the Internet in order to timely intercept terrorist attacks the coordination of which are being carried out using the worldwide web. If such a mechanism of legal control is created, it will be a right step towards countering terrorism,” Alexander Vlasov said.

The BRICS member countries are working out their own mechanisms for assuring cyber security, India’s National Security Adviser Shivashanker Menon said in New Delhi. There are many ideas for jointly waging a fight against cybercrimes within the BRICS. This includes sharing experience or directly countering cyber-attacks.

The initiative of the five countries is not only aimed at searching for ways to fight cybercrime but also making the cyber space multi-polar. This is an attempt to balance the US influence on the worldwide web, says deputy chairman of the State Duma international affairs committee Vyacheslav Nikonov.

“It’s of utmost importance to control the Internet. But I believe that the West, especially the U.S. that really controls the Internet will oppose taking any steps to control the virtual space. These issues have been discussed more than once at various forums, including the UN where a recent conference devoted to these problems was held. The West continues to oppose taking any steps to control the Internet. At the same time, it’s not excluded that the BRICS member countries as well as the countries that share their concerns might establish control on the Internet at the national level,” Vyacheslav Nikonov said.

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