EU Civil Liberties Panel Advances Cyberattack Reforms

Law360, New York (June 7, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT) -- A European Union cybersecurity bill that would strengthen the bloc’s ability to go after hackers and companies that benefit from cyberattacks advanced from the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday, positioning it for a full parliamentary vote in July.

The committee endorsed a draft directive that would require all EU member states to uniformly impose penalties of two to five years for cyberattacks against information systems. Attacks against critical infrastructure would carry a five-year minimum sentence, while hackers who create “botnets” capable of infecting and...
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