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Computer crime laws need updating

Date: July 03, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center

An influential group of MPs has put forward suggested reforms to the UK cyber laws, to take account of 21st Century computer crime. The All-Party Internet Group wants to see changes to what it sees as an "outdated" Computer Misuse Act. The report calls for denial-of-service attacks - in which servers are deluged with information from thousands of PCs - to be made a specific crime. It also recommends an increase in the length of jail sentences for hackers. It wants firms to have the right to take out private prosecutions to tackle cases that the police do not regard as priorities.

Although a welcome first step, the recommendations do not go far enough says Simon Janes, a former head of Scotland Yard's Computer Crime Unit and now operations director of computer forensic firm ibas.

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