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‘Intertiol law not ready to deal with cyberattacks’

United tions, Feb 14: Intertiol law is not prepared to deal with cyberattacks even as the interconnected world faces threats on a scale never seen before, India has told the Security Council. The world body is not ready to act on an anti-terrorism treaty dealing with cyber terrorism and even the Security Council’s decisions that impose binding duties on member countries to combat terrorism do not mention cyber attacks, India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said on Monday. Challenging the intertiol community, he asked: “Since we can discern the threat and there is an understandable global angst, can we look at options for strengthening intertiol law against terrorist cyber attacks?” And lowering the bar, he asked: “If we are not willing to negotiate a treaty on terrorist cyber attacks, can we at least start by clarification of the applicability of certain anti-terrorism treaties to terrorist cyber attacks?” Speaking at a Council debate on protecting critical infrastructure from terrorist attacks, Akbaruddin said: “Threats of attacks on an intertiol stock exchange, a major dam, a nuclear power plant, possible sabotaging of oil/gas pipelines, air safety systems of airports, or potential blocking of an intertiol cal or straits have much wider implications and pursuant complications far beyond tiol frontiers.” (IANS)