CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

Security Council Creates New Definition of Cyber Crime


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Quinn Riordan, Der Spiegel

The U.N. Security Council (UNSC) issued a new definition for cyber crimes stating that it is “attacking or harassing a nation-state’s sovereignty in any way, shape or form, to any group regardless of vulnerability,” the representative from Indonesia said.

This is a relatively new issue in the world, with internet access only becoming widely available in the last decade. As technology grows more popular so does crime, with various forms of hacking, theft and fraud all moving onto the internet. 

“What made this topic so interesting and also so controversial is that we are entering an area where there isn’t really much of a precedent. It is so new and it is changing every day as technology changes,” the delegate from Indonesia said. 

This new definition will allow states to properly deal with cybercrime and protect the lives of their citizens. 

“In the past, there wasn’t an actual established definition internationally of what cybercrime really was. Therefore it wasn’t possible to govern cybercrime,” the representative from Kuwait said.. 

This new definition outlines what cybercrime is and who it applies to, making it easier to enact cybersecurity legislation. “The way that we enforce cybercrime laws is going to be more effective now that we have officially outlined the facets of what makes up cybercrime,” explained the representative from Kuwait.