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Increasing co-operation against cyberterrorism and other large-scale attacks on the Internet

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 13319 | 01 October 2013

Mr Hans FRANKEN, Netherlands, EPP/CD ; Mr Pedro AGRAMUNT, Spain, EPP/CD ; Mr Volodymyr ARIEV, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Mr Josep Anton BARDINA PAU, Andorra, ALDE ; Mr Márton BRAUN, Hungary, EPP/CD ; Ms Lolita ČIGĀNE, Latvia, EPP/CD ; Ms Milena DAMYANOVA, Bulgaria, EPP/CD ; Ms Ismeta DERVOZ, Bosnia and Herzegovina, EPP/CD ; Mr Axel E. FISCHER, Germany, EPP/CD ; Mr Valeriu GHILETCHI, Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD ; Ms Sylvi GRAHAM, Norway, EPP/CD ; Mr Margus HANSON, Estonia, ALDE ; Mr Andres HERKEL, Estonia, EPP/CD ; Mr Giorgi KANDELAKI, Georgia, EPP/CD ; Ms Marietta de POURBAIX-LUNDIN, Sweden, EPP/CD ; Mr Kimmo SASI, Finland, EPP/CD ; Mr Serhiy SOBOLEV, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Ms Tineke STRIK, Netherlands, SOC ; Mr Mark VERHEIJEN, Netherlands, ALDE ; Ms Sabine VERMEULEN, Belgium, NR ; Mr Klaas de VRIES, Netherlands, SOC ; Mr Emanuelis ZINGERIS, Lithuania, EPP/CD

New information and communication technologies such as the Internet have become a very volatile target of new forms of terrorist acts. Given the high dependence of our societies in Europe on such technologies, cyber terrorism, in the form of large-scale attacks on and through computer systems, represent a severe threat to state’s national security, public safety or economic well-being.

Individual measures have been pursued by some States nationally and internationally, such as the creation of the European Cybercrime Centre of Europol as well as the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability project and the NATO Cooperative CyberDefence Centre of Excellence.

At the same time, human rights and fundamental freedoms must not be compromised by such measures, as has shown the recent debate about the PRISM surveillance programme by the USA.

The Parliamentary Assembly should support and guide Council of Europe member States in reinforcing their action and co-operation against cyberterrorism and other large-scale attacks on the Internet.