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Southeast Asia Unveils Cyber-Crime Fighting Plan

Southeast Asian governments have a message for hackers, virus writers and other “cyber-criminals” — we’re ganging up on you. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced plans on Friday to share information on computer security by next year and create a regional cyber-crime unit by 2005. And it hopes to enlist the rest of Asia and then the world into the plan. The world suffered three major computer virus attacks, including a variant of the fast-spreading Sobig e-mail worm, last month, costing companies and governments about US$800 million in damage. Under the new arrangement, ASEAN nations — Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei — each would form Computer Emergency Response Teams, or CERTS, by 2005. Full Story

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