Confronting cyber crimes a must: Iranian official

IRNA – Dealing with cyber threats, attacks and terrorism is necessary as far as today’s diplomacy is concerned, said Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister on Wednesday, announcing the formation of a specialized working group in the ministry to address the issue of cyber crimes.

‘Preventing and confronting cyber crimes involves paying close attention to cyber technologies,’ Abbas Araqchi said in a national conference on cyber crimes in Tehran.

‘Unfortunately, there is no comprehensive international document on confronting cyber crimes, and the European convention in this regard is not meeting the needs of many countries,’ Araqchi added.

‘Today, cyberspace has become an important part of peoples’ everyday life, as it is accessible by everybody in almost no time,’ he said.

‘However, in addition to its advantages, the cyberspace has brought about challenges, yet, the challenges and threats are not good reasons for us to ignore the whole issue,’ he said.

Under current conditions, while there is no exact definition for the new phenomena, cooperation among all the states would contribute to tackling the threats, according to Araqchi.

Pointing to Iran’s extensive measures in confronting cyber crimes, including approving the cyber crimes law, as well as launching cyber police and National Center for Cyberspace, the official said that Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has participated in expert meetings of the United Nations while keeping a close eye on developments related to the issue.