12th Crime Congress

UNODC and Microsoft team up against cybercrime

Posted in Uncategorized by 12thcrimecongress on 16 April 2010

Over four days, UNODC and Microsoft are holding a series of presentations and practical sessions on cybercrime, some exclusively for law enforcement officers and others, like the “Basics of Internet investigations: how the Internet really works”, open to all Congress participants.

T.J. Campana (in the picture above), Senior Programme Manager in the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, explains that it’s important for law enforcement officials to know how the Internet works because cybercrime “is a cat-and-mouse game. As we learn new techniques, the bad guys adapt so it’s really a constant, an ebb and flow”. Essentially, however, both sides are using the same technological infrastructure, which is why “allowing law enforcement to see some of the intricacies of how the Internet works” is important.

From the law enforcement perspective, Andrew Donoghoe, a detective superintendent for the Australian Federal Police currently being seconded to Microsoft for six months, says that “the good thing about technology is it enables law enforcement to be adaptive, responsive; we are technically able to use […] tools provided by companies such as Microsoft and others around the world to be advanced in our investigation techniques”.

The relationship with UNODC has been developed mainly through Gillian Murray, the UNODC focal point on cybercrime, who says that “Microsoft and UNODC have been collaborating over the past year on several initiatives, including on the use of information and communication technologies for terrorist purposes and online fraud”.

Gillian stresses that when it comes to fighting crime committed online, “there has to be a partnership between the public and the private sectors. It’s the only way it can work”.

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UN Radio has done a 14-minute programme based on interviews with cybercrime experts at the Congress, which you can access here.

What’s on: Tuesday, 13 April

Posted in Uncategorized by 12thcrimecongress on 13 April 2010

Finally! Blue skies! It’s been overcast, intermittently rainy and very humid for days, so it was a relief to wake up this morning to the sun trying to come through. That said, judging by the rain falling over the ocean, water here is never far away (the photo shows a view from the conference centre).

Today’s a big day. Member States will be tackling four important items on their agenda: youth and crime, the United Nations guidelines on crime prevention, technical assistance for implementing the international instruments against terrorism, and cybercrime.

On top of all that, about 18 ancillary meetings are scheduled on issues ranging from the death penalty, child porngraphy, the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) initiative, and the need for a cybercrime treaty. Also on the issue of cybercrime, a “UNODC cybercrime investigations lab” has been organized to run from today until Friday.