World cybercrime experts see need for laws, ties

Thursday, 17 October 2002, 12:41 PM EST

Top international cyber-crimebusters wrapped up a three-day conference in the world's most wired country on Wednesday with a call for greater global cooperation to fight online offences.

Senior cyber-crime police officers from 37 countries agreed at a meeting in South Korea that worldwide investigations were needed to chase online criminals who operate with little regard for state frontiers.

"Cyber crimes are global crimes, using global IT networks," said Des Berwick, an executive officer of the Australasian Center for Policing Research, on the sidelines of the fifth Interpol conference on computer crime.

Interpol -- which promotes international police cooperation and does not deal with crimes involving just one country -- is based in Lyon, France, and has 179 member countries.

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