DPP, other top legal officials to attend Cybercrime workshop in Brazil

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali Hack
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali Hack

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Director of Public Prosecutions Shalimar Ali-Hack and Justice Yonnette Cummings will participate in a Regional Cybercrime Workshop for Judges and Judicial Officers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 26th-28th.

They have been invited by the Embassy of the USA, and the Department of Justice. The Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistant Training will cover costs for travel and accommodation.

Ali-Hack and Cummings will join three other legal officials who are currently attending a similar workshop in Miami, United States of America. This too, has been sponsored by the Justice Department.

The need for legislation to address and prosecute those who commit cybercrimes was highlighted by Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan, when he opened a workshop on the same issue, on August 12, at the Pegasus Hotel.

The two day event, facilitated with assistance from the Organisation of American States (OAS), was described by the Ministry of Public Security Permanent Secretary Angela Johnson as important because of the rising threat being posed by those who have Cybercrime as their “modus operandi” in committing their illegal actions.

It is the responsibility of the authorities, she said, to implement strategies to deter these illegal activities. The Ministry official offered the assurance on behalf on her Ministry and the Government that measures are being taken to ensure Guyana is equipped to deal with these threats.

Over the years, several ministries, agencies and business entities have been affected by computer hackers and phishing attacks on their networks which has resulted in the loss of millions of dollars and information. [Extracted and modified from GINA]



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