[ccwg-internet-governance] Declaration by the High Representative Josep Borrell, on behalf of the European Union, on malicious cyber activities exploiting the coronavirus pandemic, Ensuring cyber security in times of coronavirus

Joanna Kulesza jkuleszaicann at gmail.com
Wed May 13 10:19:50 UTC 2020


Dear all,

thought this might be of interest, with regard to the DNS Abuse and 
COVID-19 discussions we've been having. Looking forward to raising this 
topic during the upcoming AtLarge webinar on geopolitics and 
cybersecurity (June 1st):

https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2020/04/30/declaration-by-the-high-representative-josep-borrell-on-behalf-of-the-european-union-on-malicious-cyber-activities-exploiting-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

     Council of the EU Press release 30 April 2020 13:00

Declaration by the High Representative Josep Borrell, on behalf of the 
European Union, on malicious cyber activities exploiting the coronavirus 
pandemic
Ensuring cyber security in times of coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, the European Union 
and its Member States have observed cyber threats and malicious cyber 
activities targeting essential operators in Member States and their 
international partners, including in the healthcare sector. Since the 
beginning of the pandemic, significant phishing and malware distribution 
campaigns, scanning activities and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) 
attacks have been detected, some affecting critical infrastructures that 
are essential to managing this crisis.

The European Union and its Member States condemn this malicious 
behaviour in cyberspace, express solidarity with all countries that are 
victims of malicious cyber activities and underline their continued 
support to increase global cyber resilience.

Any attempt to hamper the ability of critical infrastructures is 
unacceptable. All perpetrators must immediately refrain from conducting 
such irresponsible and destabilising actions, which can put people’s 
lives at risk. We need the entire world to stand united in this global 
fight against the virus. It is a matter of humanity and universally 
shared values.

The European Union and its Member States share a common vision of the 
cyber threats and are resolute to prevent, discourage, deter and respond 
to them, notably through the continued exchange of information and 
incident handling cooperation, as well as the use of their framework for 
a joint EU diplomatic response to malicious cyber activities. To this 
end, the European Union and its Member States will further reinforce 
their cooperation at technical, operational, judicial and diplomatic 
levels, including with their international partners.

The European Union and its Member States call upon every country to 
exercise due diligence and take appropriate actions against actors 
conducting such activities from its territory, consistent with 
international law and the 2010, 2013 and 2015 consensus reports of the 
United Nations Groups of Governmental Experts (UNGGEs) in the field of 
Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International 
Security. The ongoing work of the sixth UNGGE and the UN Open-ended 
Working Group (OEWG) in the field of Information and Telecommunications 
in the Context of International Security is crucial to strengthening 
international cooperation towards a global, open, stable, peaceful and 
secure cyberspace where human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule 
of law fully apply.

The European Union and its Member States stand together with all those 
affected by the coronavirus pandemic around the world.

-- 
Kind regards,
Joanna Kulesza
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Joanna Kulesza, PhD
University of Lodz, Poland
ICANN ALAC Vice Chair
SOI: https://community.icann.org/display/atlarge/Joanna+Kulesza+SOI
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