EU Parliament Passes Bill To Strengthen Cybercrime Defense

Law360, New York (July 8, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT) -- The European Parliament on Thursday approved legislation that will enhance criminal penalties for hackers and companies that benefit from cyberattacks and require member states to respond more quickly to urgent requests for help in responding to an intrusion.

Under the new cybersecurity directive adopted by the parliament, all member states will be required to uniformly impose penalties of two to five years in prison for cyberattacks against information systems. Attacks against critical infrastructure would carry a five-year minimum sentence, while hackers who create “botnets” capable of...
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