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The Minister of the Interior, Päivi Räsänen. Photo Lehtikuva.
Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen on Wednesday said the authorities do not have sufficient powers to fight cyber crimes.
Räsänen said she is convinced that appropriate powers to take action are needed to fight cyber crimes.
Talking to news agency STT, she said at the moment the powers are not sufficient to prevent such threats.
Concrete proposals are likely to be presented at the turn of the year by a working group commissioned by Defence Minister Carl Haglund to look into information-acquisition legislation.
The ministry of foreign affairs, which came under cyber attack. Photo Lehtikuva.
Haglund said security agencies have clearly presented the need for a cross-network online monitoring whose authorisation would be separately defined.
Both the ministers stressed that the designated network monitoring would not breach people’s privacy.
Räsänen said taking no action or not updating the law would pose the greatest danger to the citizens, since it would not be possible to curb cyber crimes.
The views of the ministers come after the Finnish intelligence service Supo on Wednesday revealed that state actors were behind the cyber attacks on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Defence Minister Carl Haglund. Photo Lehtikuva.
Supo said the ministry faced two different incidents of cyber attacks but did not mention who were behind the espionage.
Supo began investigating the cyber attack incidents in the spring of 2003.
The story however became public in October last year. At that time Supo suspected that the spying had been going on for several years.
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