By Tom Espiner
Special to CNET News.com
October 2, 2006,
The U.S. government has embraced European legislation meant to help
the global fight against cybercrime. The Council of Europe Convention
on Cybercrime calls on countries to coordinate international law to
investigate and prosecute online criminal activity. The convention has
now been signed by 43 EU member states and 15 other parties, including
the U.S. It will come into U.S. law on Jan. 1.
Under the convention, countries must have criminal laws addressing
activities including hacking, spreading viruses or worms, unauthorized
access or damage to computer systems, fraud and copyright violations.
It also is meant to foster sharing of electronic evidence on matters
such as child sexual exploitation, organized crime and terrorism.
Tom Espiner of ZDNet UK reported from London.
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