WINDHOEK-- Minister of Justice Sakeus Shanghala has expressed concern about potential threats caused to cyber security by cybercrime in Namibia.

Speaking during the opening of the 27th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in Vienna, Austria, he said: "Namibia has experienced cyberattacks in the realm of electronic banking transactions and this prompted us to come up with a draft Bill on electronic transactions and cybercrime."

Shanghala added that because of rapidly evolving technologies, the legislation needed to be drafted flexibly, taking into account the need for legal certainty and precision, while catering for the country's ability to co-operate with other countries on matters of jurisdiction.

He expressed appreciation for the significance of the ongoing thematic discussion, which he believes, provides an opportunity to all parties taking part to exchange views on related issues.

He further expressed appreciation for the work of the Inter-Governmental Expert (IGE) Group on Cybercrime to conduct a comprehensive study on the problem of Cybercrime, adding that Namibia would continue supporting the group.

The CCPCJ, which is organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), is taking place under the theme, "Criminal justice responses to prevent and counter cybercrime in all its forms, including through the strengthening of cooperation at the national level and international levels".