Mon, Oct 04, 2004 - Page 4 News List

US lauds nation on cybercrime

ADVANCED LEVEL The official said that Taiwan ranks with Japan on the forefront of Internet crime prevention work in the region, and that it should get more in return

CNA , TAIPEI

Having made significant contributions to cybercrime prevention efforts around the world, Taiwan deserves more feedback in this regard in return, according to a senior US Justice Department official.

Richard Downing, a senior counsel in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the US Justice Department's Criminal Division, said in Taipei Saturday that the fact that Taiwan is "giving much more than taking" in cybercrime prevention efforts has been noticed and that this unfair situation should be addressed.

Downing, co-chair of the APEC e-Security Task Group, was in Taipei Sept. 27 through Oct. 2 to meet with Taiwan law enforcement authorities to discuss the Cybercrime Legislation and Enforcement Capacity Building Project -- one of the important issues that APEC is actively dealing with this year aimed at cracking down on cybercrimes in the Asia-Pacific region, the largest economic bloc in the world.

Downing said that Taiwan and Japan are on an identical level in terms of computer and Internet crime prevention and that the two countries' capacities in this regard are better than those of most APEC member countries.

Accompanied by Alan Peters, an FBI specialist on Internet crimes, Downing met with 67 Taiwan prosecutors, inspectors and police officials during his stay to exchange views on the feasibility of the Cybercrime Legislation and Enforcement Capacity Building Project in Taiwan, as well as on ways of solving and addressing cross-border computer-related crimes, and security and protection of electronic evidence.

The ROC military also sent specialists to the APEC e-Security presentations hosted by Downing and Peters.

Downing said that as Internet use becomes globally prevalent, the surveillance and prevention of cross-border cybercrime is critical for governments, adding that they need to tackle the problem not only through law enforcement, but also by passing legislation to facilitate the enforcement.

In addition, he said, APEC economies should build counterpart communication units to collaborate in the identification and rounding up of cyber criminals as quickly as possible.

For his part, Peters shared with his audience the FBI's experience in arresting those involved in computer-related crimes in the US.

Both Downing and Peters gave the thumbs-up to Taiwan enforcement authorities, including those from the Ministry of Justice and members of the Ninth Squad of the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

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