ByÂ Emeka Aginam, who was in Bonn, Germany
While cyber crime continues to cause moreÂ economic harm than good in the global community, especially inÂ theÂ Â banking sector,Â expertsÂ Â at the just concluded Global Media Forum held last week in Bonn, Germany have called forÂ international cooperation to battle cybercrime threatening global community .
The Head of NASSCOM Security Initiatives, Data Security Council of India,Â Â Kamlesh Bajaj who led other experts during a panel discussion about â€œsecurity leaks in cross_border data flowsâ€Â said that computers are the newest weapons of terrorism in the knowledge economy.
While warning on the impending dangers this may pose to the global community,Â he said that theÂ signs of an arms race with digital weapons are intensifying by the day, adding that something must be done by world bodies to deal with the ugly trend.
Looking at the situation in India , he said thatÂ attacks to tourist centers in Bombay in November 2008, for instance,Â were only possible with the help of mobile and information technology.
The attacks showedÂ how terrorism has developed and just how difficult it is to develop and coordinate the security measures needed to fend off such threats.â€ He went on to say that small, â€œdigital militiasâ€ and cyber pirates need just a few resources to inflict heavy damage and the attackers remain anonymous.
Bajaj said that sensitive and confidential data is flowing by the dayÂ even from banks and companies, hospitals and insurance providers, from industrialized Countries to computer centers in developing countries.
He pointed out that, justÂ as in India , this form of outsourcing has turned into a $50 billion industry â€“ with several serious security breeches.
Bajaj said that as long as the dependence on transnational data exchange increases, the necessity to protect against data access and abuse â€“ like phishing, viruses, Trojan horses or hacker attacks â€“ increase as well.
Plugging the existing security leaks, he said, is a critical international task.
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