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Hacking made a felony in new articles added to (China) Criminal Code

Two new articles were added yesterday to the Criminal Code to deal with hackers who gain unauthorized access to proprietary computer systems. The Legislative Yuan unanimously adopted the addition of Articles 358 and 359, under which hacking is made a felony on complaint. Article 358 stipulates that anyone who uses any other person’s password without previous permission and/or otherwise gains unauthorized access to proprietary computer systems shall be sentenced to a prison term not more than three years and fined not more than NT$100,000. According to Article 359, any person who tries to steal, erase or otherwise change information stored on discs of any person, and whose said act results in serious damage to the latter, shall be sentenced to a prison term of not more than five years and fined not more than NT$200,000. Full Story

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