Friday, June 10, 2011

New EU agreement on punishing cyber criminals

The EU's justice ministers (with the exception of Denmark) will sign off today (10 June) a draft directive to define cyber crimes and minimum sentences for the worst offenders.

EU Security experts however criticise the EU's efforts to set out sentencing terms for cyber crimes arguing that policy experts would be better off focusing on understanding cyber crime and getting more resources to fight it. Richard Clayton, a professor at the University of Cambridge said that there are quite enough laws to convict cyber criminals but there are not enough policemen and organisations that can work across border to catch them.

Crimes outlined in the proposed legislation include illegal access to IT systems, interference with these systems, stealing or deleting data and the interception of non-public data transfers. For less serious offences such us access to information, criminals could face a minimum two-year sentence.

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