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Westgate attack draws world's attention to cyberterrorism

28 December 2013, 12:05

Beijing - The threat of cyberterrorism has drawn increasing attention from the world community and become an important issue in the international fight against terror.

The rapid development of Internet technology has brought profound changes to the way information is disseminated, and cyberspace has become a strategic front competed for by countries around the world and an important tool enabling terrorist groups to conduct their hideous acts.

Last week, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution, which, for the first time, makes explicit requirements for all countries to employ specific measures to crack down on cyberterrorism.

The world is facing a common challenge in safeguarding cyber-security. Terrorist groups have been using the Internet to disseminate terrorist ideas, recruit members, raise funds and set up a transnational network of terror.

The terrorist attack on the Westgate mall Nairobi, was organized and plotted by terrorists of different nationalities using social network sites.

Different supervision standards have become one of the main reasons for the rampancy of cyber-terrorism, a growing challenge for the world. Enhancing dialogue and cooperation is the only viable way to meet this threat.

- Xinhua


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