Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Canada Is The New Preferred Place For Cyber Criminals

Cyber criminals are in continuous search for safe heavens that allow them to indulge in cyber crime activities. These safe heavens are places having a weak cyber law like India or places well known for their cyber crime free image like Canada.

Digital Journal reports that cyber criminals are on the move again, and Canada is the preferred safe heaven for these cyber criminals. The internet protocol (IP) addresses of countries like China and Eastern Europe are highly scrutinised and undergoing intense evaluation. The crackers reacted to this evaluation exercise by moving their networks to countries like Canada that have cleaner cyber reputations.

Cyber criminals are taking advantage of many loopholes that make cyberspace a highly insecure place. While many countries have no cyber law at all, some countries like India have a weak and ineffective cyber law.

For instance, the information technology act, 2000 (IT Act 2000) is the sole cyber law of India. It has been amended by the information technology amendment act, 2008 (IT Act 2008) that made almost all the cyber crimes in India bailable. Obviously, now there is no deterrent for cyber criminals as they can commit many cyber crimes and go free even if they are caught. Thus, India is going to be one of the most famous safe heavens for cyber criminals.

Another reason for growing shifting of cyber criminals from one jurisdiction to another is lack of international harmonisation and cooperation in this regard. Till now we have no uniform and internationally acceptable cyber crime treaty. This makes the task of cyber criminals easier.

Canada has to take this shift of cyber criminals seriously. Cyber crimes have an adverse effect upon the socio economic conditions of any nation and this shift would bring its own losses to Canada in the long run. The sooner this nuisance is tackled by Canada the better it would be for it.

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