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Germans Put A New Law To Refine Cyber Crimes

A recent regulation proposed by the German Government is preparing to make computer hacking a punishable crime under law. The directive was declared on September 20, 2006 and has delineated hacking as an infiltration of the security system of a computer and unlawfully retrieving the protected information. It will not make any difference whether the information was thieved or not.

According to the directive, persons planning to make, propagate or buy hacking devices created to perpetrate illegitimate work could be punished by law, as per a declaration by Federal Ministry of Justice.

Penal crimes comprise DoS (Denial of Service) attack & wreckage strikes on personal computers, which expand the scope of the present directive that was confined to damages committed against public agencies & companies. Now accused could be detained for nearly ten years in jail if the offense is serious.

With the recently introduced directive, the German authorities expect to plug certain faults that remained as such in the present directive. The government is believed to be very tough in its move to forestall online offenses to handle strikes on computers.

Nevertheless, security specialists have cautioned that 'adept' cyberpunks, commonly known as 'white hats' that work alone or for security concerns besides other companies might feel restrained to discover faults in software. The reason is that the new directive would penalize those also who illicitly hack computer systems regardless of whether the harm is perpetrated or not.

When cyberpunks are incapable of using their hacking devices publicly, "white hats won't be able to obtain them and utilize them internally for trial. Also, external security advisors won't be able to test security. It is a legislation in support of the villains," alleged Van Hauser (alias), president of The Hacker's Choice, a nonprofit team, in a netmail.

In case the law is implemented, it would back the European Union's (EU) declaration regarding strikes on InfoTech related computer systems on Feb' 2005. It will also support the Nov' 2001 accord of the European Council on cyber offenses. The limitations imposed on the 'white hats' owing to this rule could turn out to be the main barrier to its sanction.

Related article: Germany Restricts Anti-Hacking Legalization

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