CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

Cybercrime and punishment

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Cybercrime and punishment


Cyberterrorism has become a prominent topic of discussion in recent times, and states are increasingly coming to the conclusion that attacks of this nature should be addressed with a heavy hand.

In late November 2018, German officials detected a cyberattack that targeted distinguished lawmakers, military leaders, and embassies in the cuntry. When investigated, the attack was traced back to the Russian hacker group, Snake. German officials in the UNHRC commented on how this attack should be addressed: “The repercussions of cyberterrorism should be established between the two countries involved in the attack in question. All member states are subject to varying international implications, which are dependent on the relations the two countries have; therefore, it is essential that there are no general standards in place for attacks. Germany believes that any action taken by the international community should be one of harsh condemnation, and presses that any regional body or U.N. committee that this country is accountable to should address the attack.”

Ukraine, a fellow European state, strongly agrees with the statements shared by Germany. The member state commented, if human rights are violated as a result of the attack, repercussions should include international sanctions and immediate removal from bodies such as the Security Council. It appears that a consensus may have been reached within the international community about the true severity of cybercrimes and how they should be addressed.

Among the member states most widely known as prominent hubs of cyberwarfare, China has come into the spotlight after attacks were launched on the Taiwanese and United States governments in late 2018. When asked to comment on the allegations against them, Chinese representatives simply responded: “This isn't something that's just happening in China.” This raises another important question about the increasing frequency of such attacks across the globe.