CSTO to combat cyber crime

Aug 16. The Voice of Russia

By Maria Domnitskaya

CSTO to combat cyber crimeThe leaders of the CSTO countries (Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) have held an informal summit in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana to discuss the recent global challenges. The participants have concluded that the organization needs strengthening while experts believe that this may be done by implementing agreements reached at the forum. The CSTO’S Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha provided Moscow reporters with more details.

First, the leaders mapped out initial steps to turn the CSTO into an efficient military and political structure. One of the priorities will be fighting against cyber crime, that is, preventing hacking attacks on government, financial, industrial and military web resources. Social media like Twitter and Facebook should be protected from disseminators of extremist ideas and riot organizers, such as those who masterminded recent unrest in North Africa.

“Though we’ve been dealing with cyber crime for a long time resisting IT criminals and revealing numerous anti-government and destabilizing sites, our work is not systematic yet. Now we’re working out legally binding proposals with the help of the leading experts in the sphere. Cyber crime is a priority, as web technology allows to destabilize the situation in any country without troops or militants. As we can see special unrest-provoking strategies already exist.”

The member countries also plan to reinforce collective dynamic response forces that deal with resolving military and border conflicts and special anti-terrorist and anti-drug trafficking ops.

“These forces should get brand-new equipment and weapons and we’ve worked out a respective program which is now under consideration of the participants.”

Seventeen thousand soldiers and 2,000 special servicemen from the CSTO countries will make up the forces by late 2011. They have specially designed uniforms and patches. Nikolay Borduyzha already regards the troops as a functioning military unit which can effectively combat terrorism on the CSTO territories. However, the organization doesn’t interfere in the domestic affairs of its member-states.

“The CSTO shouldn’t become a policeman interfering into political struggle as its primary goal is to provide for external security and prevent extremists from outside from triggering domestic problems or use them in their own interests.”

The CSTO will strengthen its positions when it ratifies all international agreements within the organization, including the one on collective forces. The process may be completed by the official December summit, the Secretary General told reporters.