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Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Arsen Avakov launched cyber police project
16.10.2015 | 10:04

The objective of the new cyber police is, in particular, the protection of citizens from obtaining by criminals of their personal information, the fight against terrorist cyber crimes, the protection of intellectual property rights. Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Thursday, October 15, at the opening of the newly-formed Department of cyber police.

The Prime Minister noted that over the last decade the world has changed dramatically: "There has occurred a new means of warfare – a war in cyberspace".

This kind of war concerns each citizen as well, he said: "Cyber criminals hack accounts, get an access to the data and can steal money from bank accounts, alter databases and information about any physical or legal person. Cyber criminals can get personal data or any physical or legal entity".

"The problem we are now solving together with the Minister and with the new cyber police worries Ukraine and the whole civilized world", he stressed.

Among the aspects of activities of the police is to combat terrorism, as there are terrorist cyber attacks committed by criminal syndicates to obtain access to databases of government agencies, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Security Service. He recalled that similar problem had occurred recently in the United States of America – in "a country having the most powerful army" - when the Pentagon databases and those of U.S. government officials had been hacked by cyber attackers.

"It is a global threat. And Ukraine should respond to this global challenge. We must create a new police force targeting to protect citizens of the country from obtaining by criminals of their personal data, to protect government agencies, security bodies from attacks by terrorist organizations or countries that are at war with Ukraine, primarily the Russian Federation, who can enter our databases and obtain relevant information", stressed the Head of Government.

In addition, one of the principal areas of activity of the police, according to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, should be the protection of intellectual property rights.

He stressed that Ukraine possesses the best IT-professionals in the world: "It's a shame that a demand for Ukrainian IT-specialists in Ukraine is not as high as it should be."

"That is why the Ministry of Internal Affairs has acquired the right to determine the salary for cyber agents who will directly work in networks and protect the citizens of the country, peace and security in cyberspace".

"I believe that our cyber police will be the best in Europe as we have very smart professionals," he added.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that the execution of the new Ukrainian cyber police project should be carried out in collaboration with our western partners, who possess relevant experience in this area.


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