×
ECR

Vital battle against cybercrime stepped up

7 February 2013

Vital battle against cybercrime stepped up

A package of measures to tackle the growing problem of cybercrime across Europe was welcomed today by ECR MEP Timothy Kirkhope.

A package of measures to tackle the growing problem of cybercrime across Europe was welcomed today by ECR MEP Timothy Kirkhope.

The European Commission announced a Communication on Cyber Security and proposals for a directive on measures to ensure a high common level of cyber security across the European Union.

Timothy Kirkhope, European Conservatives and Reformists Justice and Home Affairs Spokesman, and Vice President of the European Parliament Committee on Organised Crime and Cybercrime warned that attacks on computer systems had been identified as one of the major threats to UK national security.

He said: “The global nature of cybercrime means no country can afford to go it alone. Hopefully this directive will provide Europe with much-needed tools to tackle this growing and very dangerous threat.”

The proposal outlines a framework for drastically reducing cybercrime through a strong legal framework, improving the capability of member states and increasing co-ordination at EU level. It proposes greater engagement between EU international partners in strengthening cyber security.

Mr Kirkhope, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Cybercrime has a vast reach, from large-scale attacks against cyber networks and databases to identity theft, distribution of child pornography, counterfeiting pharmaceuticals and the sale of pirate products and drugs.

“It encompasses the hacking of online financial services, the proliferation of terrorism and attacks against technology hubs such as power plants, electrical grids, and government complexes.

“In the UK, cybercrime costs more than £27bn a year. Intellectual property fraud alone accounts for £9.2bn of this sum, according to Cabinet Office figures.

“Globally, around a million people have fallen victim to it each day at a cost of around €290 billion each year.

“Cyber criminals work across international boundaries, so cross-border co-operation within the EU and externally is essential.

“Cyber criminals are not selective: They could target children sitting on their computers at home, or adult consumers every time they log on for online banking services or to do the weekly shopping.

“The UK Government has been placing resources in this area, and it is positive that the EU is directing resources in the same way.”

SHARE

ECR

OUR TWEETS

ECR Group

3 days ago

The 🇪🇺 tries to do too much already and always wants to do more. It ought to stick to its basic tasks, such as bui… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

4 days ago

The whole is the sum of its parts. The parts: Our European nation states. #Europe's diversity made it what it is… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

4 days ago

The Conference on the #FutureOfEurope is clearly seen by many as an opportunity to turn Europe into a big super sta… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

4 days ago

🚨 #SOTEU 🚨 Watch ECR MEPs weigh in on @EU_Commission President @vonderleyen's #SOTEU21 address now ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/nYqFTXKK2A

ECR Group

4 days ago

🚜 Agriculture is the beating heart of rural life in #Europe. Yet 🇪🇺 farming employment rates have seen better days… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

4 days ago

The 🇪🇺 needs to focus on combatting illegal immigration. A "no-borders" ideology will lead to nothing but chaos.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

5 days ago

🦠 The effects of the #Covid19 pandemic are still upon us ❗️ We need to act to stop history from repeating itself… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

5 days ago

🧪 #Europe has given birth to countless inventions & innovations. We can't let ourselves fall behind. By cutting r… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

5 days ago

The 🇪🇺 was created by our nations to serve them, not the other way around. 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗮𝗶𝗺? 🎯 To preserve the sovereignty… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

6 days ago

"In #Cuba, we face one of the most vicious crackdowns on innocent people wanting change and #democracy in their cou… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…





© 2020. All rights reserved. European Conservatives and Reformists Group