Cybercrimes “threat’ on a global scale – Kuwaiti official

Cybercrimes have become both a concern and threat on a global scale, said a Kuwaiti official on Wednesday. Kuwait had always been keen to soundly secure its cyber networks through keeping up with latest technologies, in addition to chalking out suitable legislations with the aim to safeguard the homeland and people from online criminal and terrorist attacks, said Bader Al-Mised, Kuwait’s Attorney General. His remarks to KUNA came on the occasion of him taking part in the fifth meeting of the openended intergovernmental expert group to conduct a comprehensive study of the problem of cybercrime.

In this regard, he noted that Kuwait is seeking to join the 2001 Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, pointing out that taking part in the current meeting provides a great platform to exchange information and expertise. At its fourth meeting, the expert group adopted the work plan of the expert group for the period 2018-2021 and discussed the topics of legislation and frameworks and criminalization.

In this 5th version, the expert group will discuss the topics of law enforcement and investigation and electronic evidence and criminal justice. The expert group stemmed from the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) to conduct a comprehensive study of the problem of cybercrime and responses to it by Member States, the international community and the private sector; all under the umbrella of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Kuwaiti delegation to the three-day meeting comprises of officials from justice and foreign ministries.