Gulf states to combat cyber crime

GCC countries should adopt a treaty to combat cyber crime, delegates at a conference were told this week.

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By  Michele Howe Published  June 19, 2007

GCC countries should adopt a treaty to combat cyber crime, delegates at a conference were told this week.

Justice Dr Mohammad Al Kamali, director of the Institute of Training and Judicial studies in Abu Dhabi, said the conference, which took place in Abu Dhabi yesterday, urged other states to follow the example of the UAE by enacting a comprehensive cyber law, Gulf News reported today.

"The conference recommended that GCC countries...make a treaty on cyber crimes," he said.

"The UAE was the first country that enacted a comprehensive cyber law among the Gulf states. The law no: 2, 2006 has been working well against cyber crimes in the country," he continued.

"The conference was convened mainly to share the experience of the UAE law with other GCC states," he added.

The level of cyber crime has been rising steadily in the region over the past year. Recent incidences have included the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), which reported several internet scams earlier this year, and Dubai eGovernment, which in March foiled a hacking attack.

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