Wednesday, May 30, 2007

New Laws Don't Solve Global Problems

Legislators around the world are taking a stab at the computer crime problem. But experts say, in most cases, they don't have enough jurisdiction to solve it.
The U.S. House of Representatives made a splash last week by passing the Internet Spyware Prevention Act of 2007 and the Spy Act, two bills designed to reduce the use of spyware and give law enforcement more resources to pursue and prosecute spyware perpetrators.

At the same time, German legislators were passing a controversial new anti-cybercrime measure that defines hacking as penetrating a computer security system and gaining access to secure data, without necessarily stealing it. Offenders are defined as any individual or group that intentionally creates, spreads, or purchases hacker tools designed for illegal purposes. The law also extends prosecution to those who attack individuals, as well as businesses or government.

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