Laws to be amended to tackle cyber crime

KUALA LUMPUR - Thee government plans to amend several laws to effectively deal with cyber crime offences.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail (Photo) said the Attorney-General's Chambers was compelled to push for the amendments as the provisions of the present laws were insufficient to nab cyber crime offenders who have resorted to different modus operandi due to evolving technological advancements.

Among the laws identified for amendments and to be incepted with new provisions to fight cyber crime are the Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, Evidence Act 1950, Computer Crimes Act 1997 and Cyber Crimes Act 2003.

"A division established early this year to look into the matter is on its last leg of gathering information and studying practices by other countries to weed out cyber crime offenders.

"The division is also looking into the pitfalls of these practices to avoid similar situations from happening in this country before coming up with recommendations for the amendments.

"However, no legislation lasts forever in the fight against cyber crime offenders due to the continuous evolution in technology.

"Thus, we need to keep on looking into ways to curb the spread of offences in cyber space," he said after officiating a three-day seminar on cyber crime enforcement and legislation in Bandar Baru Bangi, near here yesterday.

The seminar, which ends on Friday, aims to educate enforcement agencies dealing with cyber crime on the framework adopted by the Convention of Cyber Crime, also known as the Budapest Convention.

At present, 30 countries have signed and acceded to the framework of the convention to streamline national laws pertaining to computer and Internet crime.

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