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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Computer hacking laws discussed in Parliament

The House of Commons heard the first reading of The Police and Justice Bill which, if approved, could lead to tougher prison sentences for computer hackers and virus writers.

Home secretary Charles Clarke outlined details of the legislation, including an update of the 1990 Computer Misuse Act.

By amending section three of the CMA to explicitly make denial of service attacks a criminal offence, the UK government also plans to ratify its position as a member of the Council of Europe’s cyber crime convention, which sets out a common international approach to prosecuting hackers, virus writers and internet extortionists.

Posted on 03/07