Cybercrime summit, anyone? – Manila Standard | #cybercrime | #infosec

Digital crimes are happening not just every day, but every minute of the day.

They happen fast and the sad part is that, often, they are not reported to authorities. If ever reported, it’s too late to persecute the perpetrators.

Even President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. acknowledged the increasing presence of online scams, especially the developing “threat and risks posed by artificial intelligence (AI)” while giving assurances the “government continues to monitor transactions in the digital space to protect the public against scammers and abusive online lenders.”

Although the Philippines was too late already, one of the best moves it has done to curb and prevent digital crimes is the SIM card registration for users.

“The SIM card registration (law) I think was a big step, and I think we are getting to the point where we have disposed of or taken out of the system many of the SIM cards that have not been registered because they have been used for illegal purposes,” Mr. Marcos added.

When asked how the scammers should be punished, the President said anyone found guilty of promoting such scams will be dealt with using the full force of the law.

Mr. Marcos himself admitted however that identifying these scammers is the biggest challenge for the authorities.

“These are people sitting in somebody’s basement with a computer, which they can just shut down, sell away, buy a new one, and keep going. So, that’s the trouble we are finding now,” Mr. Marcos pointed out.

No less than the President himself is talking big about a subject that has not yet been acknowledged with so much fervor even by the Philippine National Police or even Congress.

Yes, the PNP has a cybercrime unit but it’s not enough to provide solutions to crimes that happen every minute.

The cybercrime unit should be expanded, and given more teeth by Congress to persecute these modern-day criminals.

There must be harsher penalties for online criminals.

Social media platforms, like Facebook, should be called in and included by compelling them to act swiftly on criminal activity reported to them.

Needless to say, a cybercrime summit involving stakeholders should be conducted to craft a unified solution that will effectively deter, if not completely flatten, digital crimes, at least, in the Philippines.

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