There was an immeasurable distance between the quick and the dead: they did not seem to belong to the same species; and it was strange to think that but a little while before they had spoken and moved and eaten and laughed - W. Somerset Maugham
THE UK'S Foreign Secretary William Hague will warn anyone that listens to him that there has never been an easier time to be a cyber criminal.
Hague will tell an international conference in Budapest that cybercrime is a serious threat to the UK and ridiculously easy.
"It has never been easier to become a cyber criminal," he will say. "Today, such attacks are crisscrossing the globe from north to south and east to west - in all directions, recognising no borders, with all countries in the firing line. [It is] one of the greatest global and strategic challenges of our time."
Hague will warn about off the shelf software that can steal from bank accounts, and the scale of cyber attacks on companies. He will also remind those great and good in attendance that the UK is setting up a cybercrime centre to deal with this sort of thing.
In order to help stop criminals and make it harder for them to do what they do, Hague will recommend that international hotlines be set up that will let parties share information.
Judging by his comments, not all countries will be keen on joining up, and Hague will say that some governments are turning technology against their own people.
"Those governments who attempt this are erecting barricades against an unstoppable tide," he will say.
How governments can expect to stop the use of technology for cyber crime but should understand that peoples' use of the same technology to achieve democracy is unstoppable, he likely won't say. µ
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