Pre­vent cy­bert­er­ror­ism

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

The threat of cy­bert­er­ror­ism has drawn in­creas­ing at­ten­tion from the world com­mu­nity and be­come an im­por­tant is­sue in the in­ter­na­tional fight against ter­ror, an opin­ion piece in Peo­ple’s Daily said on Wed­nes­day. The rapid de­vel­op­ment of In­ter­net tech­nol­ogy has brought pro­found changes to the way in­for­ma­tion is dis­sem­i­nated, and cy­berspace has be­come a strate­gic front com­peted for by coun­tries around the world and an im­por­tant tool en­abling ter­ror­ist groups to con­duct their hideous acts.

Last week, the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil adopted a res­o­lu­tion, which, for the first time, makes ex­plicit re­quire­ments for all coun­tries to em­ploy spe­cific mea­sures to crack down on cy­bert­er­ror­ism.

The world is fac­ing a com­mon chal­lenge in safe­guard­ing cy­ber­se­cu­rity. Ter­ror­ist groups have been us­ing the In­ter­net to dis­sem­i­nate ter­ror­ist ideas, re­cruit mem­bers, raise funds and set up a transna­tional net­work of ter­ror. The ter­ror­ist at­tack on a shop­ping center in Nairobi, Kenya, were or­ga­nized and plot­ted by ter­ror­ists of dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties us­ing so­cial net­work sites.

Dif­fer­ent su­per­vi­sion stan­dards have be­come one of the main rea­sons for the ram­pancy of cy­bert­er­ror­ism, a grow­ing chal­lenge for the world. En­hanc­ing di­a­logue and co­op­er­a­tion is the only vi­able way to meet this threat.

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