Kaspersky: we need an Internet Interpol

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Yevgeny Kaspersky recently spoke at the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) 2011 conference, which takes place between May 15, 2011 and May 20, 2011. He said the last five years were the "Golden Age" of cybercrime, with the criminal activity now ranking second only to drug trafficking as the most significant criminal activity. As a result, Kaspersky argues we need an "Internet Interpol" and better cooperation between international law enforcement agencies.

"Cybercrime is integrated into the computer world," Kaspersky said according to CIO. "It's like if you are in Australia, sharks are integrated into the beautiful ocean. Some cybercriminals from non English-speaking countries don't release malware in their own country because they don't want police to connect them to it."

Kaspersky believes one of the biggest reasons that cybercrime was proving difficult to fight is because there is a lack of cooperation between international anti-cybercriminal police forces. In addition to having police agencies investigate cybercrime, an Internet Interpol should be established. This is not a new idea, but Kaspersky noted that almost nothing has happened in the last decade since it was first suggested.

He also mentioned that "Internet passports" and having an "online ID" would help fight cybercrime. An online identification could help stop criminals engaging in identity theft by searching online for scanned passport documents.

Yevgeny co-founded the Kaspersky Lab, a privately held international company that produces antivirus and other computer security products, in 1997. Excluding the energy sector, Kaspersky Lab is considered one of Russia's few international business success stories. The company makes excellent security software and I have personally recommended some of its products a few times.

Last month, Kaspersky was personally affected by the criminal activity his company helps fight. His son, Ivan Kaspersky, was kidnapped and the abductors demanded a ransom. Ivan was released three days later.

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