U.N. examines cybersecurity

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Published: Jan. 29, 2010 at 4:49 PM

BERLIN, Jan. 29 (UPI) — U.N. members gathered for a workshop in Berlin to discuss how terrorist groups and organized criminal enterprises take advantage of the Internet.

The U.N. Counter-terrorism Implementation Task Force organized a two-day workshop in the German capital to discuss laws in place aimed at examining the safety and use of the Internet for criminal activity.

The U.N. Security Council included Internet security in November as one of the areas of focus for the global effort to combat extremists.

The Berlin conference focused on how terrorists and criminal elements use the Internet to recruit members or raise money for their operations.

The use of Internet messaging for terrorist groups gained attention following a failed attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger jet Christmas Day.

Radical Yemeni cleric and Virginia native Anwar al-Awlaki is known in the intelligence community for his extremist messages broadcast on the Internet. U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, the accused shooter in the November attacks in Fort Hood, Texas, and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be Christmas Day bomber, were known to have contacted the cleric prior to their operations.

The United Nations said the delegates from the Berlin workshop would work to include their recommendations in a comprehensive guide for U.N. member states.

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