DUSHANBE, September 15. /TASS/. The use of cutting-edge information and communication technologies for criminal purposes poses a serious threat to national and collective security, the top diplomats of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states declared in a statement on joint efforts in the field of cybersecurity on Wednesday.
"Massive cyberattacks on strategic and critical infrastructure facilities, which are taking place amid the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the use of cutting-edge information and communication technologies for terrorist and criminal purposes pose a serious threat to national and collective security," the statement reads.
The bloc’s members expressed their concern about the use of information and communication technologies for purposes that undermine efforts to maintain global and regional peace, security and stability.
According to the statement, CSTO members stand for improving the mechanisms and measures to prevent conflicts, which "can emerge particularly as a result of the illegal use of information and communication technologies, as well as for bridging the trust gap between conflicting parties."
CSTO countries also called for close cooperation, including "activities to share positive experiences and practices in combating the threats of international terrorism related to the use of information and communication technologies for terrorist and criminal purposes both on the regional and international levels.".