[ISN] EU Agrees Jail Terms for Computer Hackers

From: InfoSec News (isnat_private)
Date: Mon Mar 03 2003 - 01:24:57 PST

  • Next message: InfoSec News: "[ISN] Linux Advisory Watch - February 28th 2003"

    By Reuters
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Computer hackers and virus spreaders could be
    jailed for five years in serious cases under new laws approved by
    European Union justice ministers on Friday.
    Authorities worldwide have woken up to the dangers of serious network
    failures in key installations such as electricity and water supply.  
    Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, concerns have also grown about
    hackers gaining access to security information.
    ''There will be common definitions...and sanctions for a number of
    online criminal activities,'' said European Commissioner for Justice
    and Home Affairs Antonio Vitorino.
    The law seeks to harmonize existing national rules in the 15-nation
    European Union, where there are vast gaps in laws.
    The law targets anyone who illegally enters a computer network or
    It is also aimed against anyone who sends computer viruses such as the
    infamous ''I love you'' virus, which caused major information system
    breakdowns globally in 2000, as well as other types of destructive
    software such as ''worms.''
    Hacking and spreading viruses, when committed by organized criminals,
    will be punished with jail terms of no less than two years -- and up
    to five years -- under the new law.
    Less serious offences could result in jail terms of between one and
    three years.
    Many incidents of hacking are believed to go unreported by companies
    and government bodies due to the difficulty in tracking the culprits.
    One industry hit by organized attacks is online gambling, where
    hackers have managed to crack servers, corrupt games and rack up
    winnings worth millions of dollars, according to industry and security
    ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org
    To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn'
    in the BODY of the mail.

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b30 : Mon Mar 03 2003 - 03:59:27 PST