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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

DoS attacks to be made illegal in Sweden

Denial of service attacks will become illegal in Sweden from 1st June this year.

This move by the Swedish government follows several well-publicized incidents in 2006 when government and police websites were brought down by DoS attacks.

Up until now Sweden had no laws that specifically addressed DoS attacks, but a new draft amendment to hacking laws proposed by the government this week would punish such offences by a maximum of 2 years in jail.

Last summer’s incidents with the government and police sites have gone unpunished because the authorities could not prove who the perpetrators were, even though there was speculation that these attacks were related to raids on prominent pirate exchange site The Pirate Bay.

Posted on 02/21