Cyber crime and snooping punishments to be tougher in EU

Lawmakers in the European Union said that they will toughen criminal penalties across the region for cyber attacks, especially the ones which involve harming critical national infrastructure and stealing sensitive data.
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Jul 05, 2013, 03.08 PM | Source: Reuters

Cyber crime and snooping punishments to be tougher in EU

Lawmakers in the European Union said that they will toughen criminal penalties across the region for cyber attacks, especially the ones which involve harming critical national infrastructure and stealing sensitive data.

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Cyber crime and snooping punishments to be tougher in EU

Lawmakers in the European Union said that they will toughen criminal penalties across the region for cyber attacks, especially the ones which involve harming critical national infrastructure and stealing sensitive data.

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Cyber crime and snooping punishments to be tougher in EU
EU lawmakers agreed on Thursday to toughen criminal penalties across the European Union for cyber attacks, especially those that include harming critical national infrastructure and hijacking computers to steal sensitive data.

The 28 EU member states currently have a patchwork of varying tariffs for cyber crime.

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The decision mandates national maximum sentences of at least two years in prison for attempting to illegally access information systems.

The maximum penalty for attacks against infrastructure such as power plants, transport, or government networks will be set at five years or more, higher than the current tariff in most member states. The decision also increases the penalties for illegally intercepting communications, or producing and selling tools to do this.

Cyber criminals often infect computers to form armies of zombie PCs known as "botnets" by sending spam emails containing malicious links and attachments, and by infecting legitimate websites with computer viruses.

Some botnet creators rent or sell infected machines on underground markets to other cyber criminals looking to engage in a wide variety of activities including credit card theft and attacks on government websites.

In June, Microsoft helped to break up one of the world's largest cyber crime botnets, believed to have stolen more than USD 500 million from bank accounts.

Under the new EU rules, companies that benefit from botnets or hire hackers to steal secrets will be liable for any offences committed on their behalf.

The European Parliament in Strasbourg voted 541 to 91 with nine abstentions on the proposal by the European Commission, the EU executive. However, Denmark has chosen to opt out of the rules, wanting to keep its own system in place.

EU governments now have two years to translate the decision into national law.

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