A new court will be established to deal with cybercrimes here in Malaysia. Announced by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, the Special Cyber Court is set to specialise in dealing with criminal offences under Malaysia’s cyber laws.
The special court will operate like the other special courts that have already been established to deal with crimes such as corruption, profiteering, and the environment. Azalina says that it is about time to establish such a court, as there has been an increase in cyber attacks like hacking, online scams, botnets, web defacement, information theft, spying, cyber gambling, and pornography.
The first phase of the Special Cyber Court will begin in Kuala Lumpur in September, and will later expand to Selangor and Johor in the second phase. Azalina pointed out that these three areas have seen the highest number of cyber crime case, which is why they were selected for the initial deployment.
The final phase of the deployment will see the court established in the rest of Malaysia.
Judges appointed to the new court will receive additional training to prepare them for the task of dealing with cyber crimes. It is unknown what kind of training this will entail, or whether it will include a crash course on the technical side of the internet to better understand what is going on.
[Source: The Star]