May 24, 2007 4:07 PM PDT

EU wages war on cybercrime

The EU is stepping up the fight against cybercrime, outlining plans to create more meaningful legislation and promote greater, cross-border cooperation.

European Commission said legislation and law enforcement--especially across borders--needs to keep pace with new and evolving opportunities for criminals.

It said cybercrime comes in three forms: established crimes such as fraud, publication of illegal content, and crimes unique to the Internet--such as denial-of-service attacks and hacking.

The commission said laws targeting particular crimes--such as ID theft--and identifying those responsible for enforcing them will currently be more effective than general cybercrime legislation.

As part of the targeted legislation, the Commission will consider laws for tackling ID theft later this year.

The EC identified several key issues that should be considered in the fight against e-crime.

These include the increasing sophistication of criminal activity, a lack of coherent EU-level policy and legislation, and a lack of awareness among consumers. As a result, it wants to strengthen law enforcement organizations such as Europol.

Another outcome of the EU cybercrime push could be better data collection and more readily available cybercrime statistics.

Tim Ferguson of reported from London.

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