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Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what co-operation is taking place with other governments to facilitate best practice in countering hacking of computer systems; and if he will make a statement. (306538)

The Government take attacks on computer systems very seriously, and recognise that the problem is an international one. We work bilaterally and through multi-lateral institutions to ensure that there is an agreed international approach to tackling this crime.

We are working with the Council of Europe to ratify the Cybercrime Convention, as well as with the European Union and the G8. Law enforcement agencies such as the Serious Organised Crime Agency work closely with their international counterparts to tackle cross-border cyber crime.