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[ISN] Cyber Crimes Ordinance significant step to ensure secure ambiance for business: Dr. Abdullah
Associated Press of Pakistan
January 10, 2008
ISLAMABAD, Jan 10 (APP): Caretaker Minister for Information Technology
Dr. Abdullah Riar Thursday said the Cyber Crimes Ordinance 2007 is a
significant step in enforcing a secure ambiance for business and
encouraging e-commerce in the country.
The Ordinance outlined the knowledge about electronic crimes and illegal
online intrusion to spread it among general public, he said while
addressing a news conference here.
The Ordinance promulgated on December 31 2007, would help improve
e-readiness in Pakistan that would rank the country among indices drawn
by various international business journals and agencies.
The Minister said the government would constitute special IT tribunals
in Islamabad and provincial capitals to investigate and check growing
electronic crime incidents, which were going unpunished due to the lack
of specific legislation.
He said the Ordinance covers various aspects, including criminal data
access, data damage, system damage, electronic fraud, electronic
forgery, misuse of electronic systems or electronic devices,
unauthorized access to code, misuse of encryption, malicious code, cyber
stalking, spamming, spoofing, unauthorized interception and cyber
The Minister outlined the list of offences and penalties as follows.
Cyber terrorism would be punished with death or life imprisonment and
cyber stalkers would be sentenced to seven years imprisonment and/or a
fine of Rs 300,000.
Electronic fraud and forgery cases will be liable to seven years
non-bailable imprisonment. Cases of unauthorized interception of
electronic communication, such as emails, will be subjected to five
years imprisonment and/or a fine of Rs 500,000.
Cases involving misuse of encryption and using malicious code would be
liable to five years imprisonment. Three years imprisonment has been
approved for criminal data access-which is a serious violation of the
right to protect personal data-and data damage crimes, involving illegal
manipulation of an organisations financial records or other information.
A three-year imprisonment term has also been set for launching denial of
service or distributed denial of service attacks, and for misuse of
electronic systems or electronic devices wherein software or hardware is
developed with trap doors for manipulation.
Unauthorized access to code, a crime in which software code is accessed
by using an SAL injection to gain the system password and other
information, will also be liable to three-year imprisonment.
Cases involving any attempt to obtain confidential information through
electronic devices such as network systems or routers will be sentenced
to two years imprisonment and/or a fine of 300,000 rupees.
Spamming will invite a Rs 50,000 fine and spoofing cases would be
sentenced to three years imprisonment.
Dr. Abdullah said the e-crime law would require internet service
providers to retain their traffic data for at least six months to enable
relevant agencies to investigate e-crime cases.
He said similar laws being enforced in 42 countries have been studied
before promulgating the Ordinance that would enable the government to
seek extradition of foreign nationals through Interpol for involvement
in criminal activities.
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