Ten Minute Rule Bill calls for tougher action on computer crime

By Derek Sooman on July 14, 2005, 4:40 PM
In the UK, a Ten Minute Rule Bill presented by MP Tom Harris to the All Party Parliamentary Internet Group (APIG) is calling for amendments to the Computer Misuse Act (CMA) which could mean more time in jail for people found guilty of computer hacking. We could be looking at the explicit criminalisation of all means of interference with a computer system, with denial of service attacks being particularly clamped down upon.

APIG chairman Derek Wyatt MP said: "We hope that the government adopts the measures proposed in the bill as a matter of urgency, reflecting the significant threat that cyber crime poses to the UK."
Harris believes that with so much of UK business depending on the Internet, it is only right to increase the penalties for computer hackers who disrupt internet sites or other computer systems. Right now, he says, too many attackers go unpunished and it is time to change that with stiff penalties for those who are caught.




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