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National co-operation is required to combat cybercrime

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 03/07/2017


The Deputy Prime Minister – Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni has urged the nation to work collaboratively to protect our people and nation from cyber crimes as Tonga is vulnerable to cyber attack as majority of the population have access to the Internet and technology daily.


It includes smart phones and laptops.


The Head of the Cyber Crime from the Council of Europe – Alexander Seger is currently in Nuku’alofa to assist Tonga’s capabilities on dealing with cyber crime.


It includes amending the law for criminal activities and encouraging the law officers on using the technology.


This is part of Tonga’s benefit from acceding to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime which allows effective international co-operation on cybercrime and electronic evidence.


The CEO of MEIDECC – Paula Ma’u said, with the arrival of high speed Internet via broadband connection in 2013 brought many opportunities in terms of e- commerce and Cyber-criminals exploit the very same opportunities.


The convention is the first international treaty on crimes committed via the Internet and other computer networks, dealing particularly with infringements of copy right, computer related fraud, child pornography and violations of network security.


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