In­ter­pol pres­i­dent calls for unity in fac­ing cy­ber­at­tacks

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Coun­tries and law en­force­ment agen­cies must work to­gether to counter ris­ing threats, es­pe­cially those in cy­berspace, the pres­i­dent of In­ter­pol told a se­cu­rity congress yes­ter­day. In a wide-rang­ing speech, Meng Hong­wei cited the re­cent out­break of ran­somware Wan­naCry, which has scram­bled data at hos­pi­tals, fac­to­ries, banks, gov­ern­ment agen­cies and other busi­nesses in Asia and be­yond. “Crim­i­nals will con­tinue to ex­ploit the ex­po­nen­tial growth of the in­ter­net and so­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion plat­forms,” said Meng, a top Chi­nese po­lice of­fi­cial.

“How­ever, no sin­gle coun­try or pro­fes­sion can rely solely upon its own ca­pa­bil­ity to ad­dress the prob­lem of transna­tional and or­ga­nized crimes. We are all part of the world. We are all fac­ing the same threats in (the) in­ter­na­tional arena,” Meng said. Meng’s elec­tion to lead In­ter­pol set off alarm bells among rights ad­vo­cates over abuses and a lack of trans­parency within China’s le­gal sys­tem. His speech yes­ter­day was one of his first pub­lic ap­pear­ances. Lyon, France-based In­ter­pol has 190 mem­ber na­tions and has the power to is­sue “red no­tices,” the clos­est in­stru­ment to an in­ter­na­tional ar­rest war­rant in use to­day.

In­ter­pol’s pres­i­dent is a largely sym­bolic but still in­flu­en­tial fig­ure who heads its ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, which is re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing guid­ance and di­rec­tion and im­ple­ment­ing de­ci­sions made by its gen­eral assem­bly. In­ter­pol Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Jur­gen Stock is the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s chief full-time of­fi­cial and heads the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee. Meng took over in Novem­ber from Mireille Ballestrazzi of France for a four-year term. He was nom­i­nated by In­ter­pol mem­ber coun­tries.— AP

SIN­GA­PORE: In­ter­pol Pres­i­dent, Meng Hong­wei, de­liv­ers his open­ing ad­dress at the In­ter­pol World congress yes­ter­day in Sin­ga­pore. — AP

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