NBI toothless vs hacktivists sans cybercrime law

Posted at 10/09/12 8:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Computer Crimes Unit (CCU) of the National Bureau of Investigation admitted it is helpless in investigating cyber crimes without a law.

The Supreme Court issued on Tuesday a 120-day temporary restraining order on the Anti-Cybercrime Law.

Special Investigator Joey Narciso said the law has provisions that will allow them to gather evidence faster.

Without a law, requesting for data from private entities such as Internet service providers and
telecommunications firms for investigating crimes will take so much time, he added.

He explained that data retention only lasts six months, and evidence is lost while they wait for requests and court orders.

He said this is the same situation when it comes to going after the hackers that have defaced government websites.

The NBI claimed they already know the hackers’ names and locations, but collating evidence against them is a different matter.

The NBI is hoping that the SC can resolve the petitions soon. – by Nikko Baua, ABS-CBN News