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Internet Crime Forum Calls for Tougher Sentences for Hackers

An influential computer crime group representing businesses, police, government departments and the Crown Prosecution Service has called for tougher prison sentences to deter computer hackers. The Internet Crime Forum has urged the Home Office to amend the Computer Misuse Act to increase the maximum prison sentence for the least-serious hacking offences from six months to five years. Last year Computer Weekly launched its Lock Down the Law campaign in an attempt to co-ordinate industry efforts to persuade the government to update the UK’s computer crime laws. The ICF’s proposals, contained in a review of the Computer Misuse Act presented to the Home Office, are designed to update UK law and bring it in to line with emerging European computer crime treaties. Full Story

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