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U.N. Members Seek New Cyber Discussions Amid Rising Ransomware Attacks

The future of United Nations-led efforts to create rules around how nations should behave in cyberspace is unclear, researchers and experts say, even as countries respond to a growing number of ransomware attacks

9/28/2021 4:30:00 AM

The future of United Nations-led efforts to create rules around how nations should behave in cyberspace is unclear, researchers and experts say, even as countries respond to a growing number of ransomware attacks

The future of United Nations-led efforts to create rules around how nations should behave in cyberspace is unclear, researchers and experts say, even as countries respond to a growing number of ransomware attacks.

scheduled to endthis year.“There’s a total confusion as to where the next step is and what this process leads us to,” said Stefan Soesanto, a senior researcher at the Center for Security Studies at the ETH Zurich university.There is no formal way for U.N. members to enforce nonbinding principles and creating one will likely take a long time, said Moliehi Makumane, a consultant on cyber issues to the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research, speaking at an online conference hosted by the magazine Foreign Policy on Thursday. “I don’t see U.N. member states ceding that power,” she said.

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Newsletter Sign-upCybersecurity news, analysis and insights from WSJ's global team of reporters and editors.PREVIEWSUBSCRIBEWhile there is momentum for the U.S. and its allies to cooperate more closely on cybersecurity, governments around the world are struggling to protect their own infrastructure and companies from the growing number of attacks, said Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Estonia’s ambassador-at-large for cyber issues. “It’s a bit like we have a pandemic and there’s not enough doctors. That’s the issue we have now in cyberspace,” she said in an interview.

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