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[ISN] Hackers face two year jail terms under new EU proposals
By John E Dunn
28 March 2012
Individuals convicted of a wide range of hacking offences in the EU will
face a minimum of 2 years in prison anywhere in the 27-nation bloc under
new proposals accepted by an influential European Parliament committee.
The Civil Liberties Committee voted 50 in favour, 1 against with only 2
abstentions to accept a harmonisation of the EUâs anti-hacking laws that
would also crack down on those found possessing or distributing tools
that could be used in attacks.
Tougher still, the Committee proposed imposing sentences of at least
five years on those found guilty of disrupting services with large-scale
attacks using botnets, DDoS or where financial loss was incurred, a
clear warning to Anonymous-style hacktivism.
"We are dealing here with serious criminal attacks, some of which are
even conducted by criminal organisations,â said German MEP and Committee
rapporteur, Monika Hohlmeier.
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