European Union approves harsher punishments for cyber crimes


Hackers who carry out cyber attacks against EU member states will face stiffer consequences in the coming years thanks to a decision reached by European Union lawmakers Thursday. As part of the new rules, perpetrators will face at least two years behind bars for unlawfully accessing information systems; that sentence jumps to five years if critical infrastructure like power plants, public transportation, or government servers are targeted. Illegally interfering with data. The rules also forbid the illegal interception of communications, interfering with data, and the production and sale of tools that could assist in with those endeavors.

The European Parliament is also looking to thwart the use of botnets with the new framework. Both…

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