European Union plans tougher penalties to deter cybercrime, botnets

European Union plans tougher penalties to deter cybercrime, botnets

Summary: European Union countries agreed on tougher penalties for cybercrime including beefed up sentences as well plans for more police cooperation.

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European Union countries agreed on tougher penalties for cybercrime including beefed up sentences as well plans for more police cooperation.

The new rules, which have to be given the go ahead by European Parliament, establishes minimum penalties for cyber-attacks on IT systems.

Among the items, the EU aims to penalize the production and creation of botnets and the interception of computer data. The EU will also form a cybercrime group that includes "an obligation to provide feedback within eight hours to urgent requests." Meanwhile, the EU will also collect cybercrime statistics.

The meat of the EU's cybercrime efforts revolve around tougher penalties. The penalties break down like this:

  • General cybercrime gets prison term of at least two years.
  • If an attack is committed against "a significant number of IT systems"---most likely via a botnet---there's at least a three year prison sentence.
  • An attack by organized crime is carried out and has caused serious damage or hit a critical system there's prison term of at least five years.

Of course, the penalties are the easy part. It's a bit unclear how the EU will find attackers and then prosecute them. "These new forms of aggravating circumstances are intended to address the emerging threats posed by large scale cyber-attacks, which are increasingly reported across Europe and have the potential to severely damage public interests," said the EU.

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  • RE: European Union plans tougher penalties to deter cybercrime, botnets

    Only works if you catch them and they are in the European Union.
    geoff.schardein@...
  • ... unclear how the EU will find attackers and then prosecute them.

    They're not going to spell it out, Larry. They got at least some of the Sony gang, and they can reasonably hope for a good measure of international cooperation with arrests.
    PassingWind
  • RE: European Union plans tougher penalties to deter cybercrime, botnets

    How sweet, knowing that by far the most European countries do not know about minimum or mandatory sentences. There is no chance that this will ever be implemented. Here we see the difference between what Brussels wants and what is acceptable for the individual states.
    rhon@...
  • RE: European Union plans tougher penalties to deter cybercrime, botnets

    Cybercrime is tantamount to anarchy. Sentences for any but the smallest offenses should start at 10 years.
    kannen@...
    • Do you even understand these words?

      @kannen@...

      Cybercrime is tantamount to other forms of fraud and theft. Anarchy is a political system (or lack there of) without a formal (or representative) government. Anarchy is at the far Right Wing of the political spectrum.
      shaunehunter
  • We all know how this is going to work now...

    The hackers are now going to have to be careful! And if the EU gets even tougher its going to make the hackers have to be very careful!

    I feel so sorry now for those hackers, actually having to execute their schemes with more care and thoughtfulness in order to evade capture. It truly is a hard life.

    When we all get 10 emails a day in our junk box from Nigerians or some other suspect group or location telling us they have a million dollars to give us, and we just need to..etc. etc., if they cant follow up on any of those I'm sure they all know about, how serious is any law enforcement taking cyber crime.
    Cayble
  • RE: European Union plans tougher penalties to deter cybercrime, botnets

    The various governments aren't interested in stopping bot nets, what they are interested in is what information goes thru your fingertips. The internet is that last be-stallion of free thought left in existence. The UK is really terrible here, it really does want to make Adults use an internet suitable for school kids. Be very wary of people when they say they wish to "look after us", its like a parent talking to a school kid !
    fizban64
  • This will fix everything!

    Since we all know tougher sentences deter crime. Apperently the EU needs to hire correctional scientists as well as computer scientists to actually make some progress. Fist waving is good enough for many, cheaper.
    shaunehunter
  • RE: European Union plans tougher penalties to deter cybercrime, botnets

    That's about the same as you get for murder over in Europe. And Russia isn't part of the EU, which is where most of the cybercrime comes from aynway.
    spdblp
    • B.S.

      @spdblp

      There is nowhere that you get less than 5 years for murder regularly. Wake up fool.
      shaunehunter
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    wbsbpd88
    • RE: European Union plans tougher penalties to deter cybercrime, botnets

      once we go to ip6, it will improve underlying network security.

      If people were serious about security, they'd use OpenBSD. You don't need to sign a NDA for that, as all information is available. Does the world really need another software patent, I doubt it.

      "Developing a large and complex program means combining many ideas, often hundreds or thousands of them. In a country that allows software patents, chances are that some substantial fraction of the ideas in your program will be patented already by various companies. Perhaps hundreds of patents will cover parts of your program. A study in 2004 found almost 300 US patents that covered various parts of a single important program. It is so much work to do such a study that only one has been done."


      http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/fighting-software-patents.html"
      fizban64
  • RE: European Union plans tougher penalties to deter cybercrime, botnets

    Bad time to be using windows.
    james347
  • RE: European Union plans tougher penalties to deter cybercrime, botnets

    We used to install windows into a directory with a different name. That stopped a lot of the small stuff.

    As for Belgium, I think the worst thing the police do there to anyone is speak harshly to them.
    opcom
  • Are they really serious or they are bragen?

    With these measures I think the EU leaders are going to aggravate the problems of cyber attack in Europe. Some Hackers or Cybercriminals are daredevil. They always like a challenge. Something to keep them occupied. If somebody really wants to commit a cybercrime the person does not necessarily have to execute his plans here in Europe. He can do it all over the world where there is an internet connection. What if the person breaks into someone's wireless connection and commits the crime. These EU Politicians have no clue about internetworking and they are just talking bla bla just to waste public money in Brussels. The only possible means to avoid cyber attach or crime is to totally disconnect your network or computer from the internet, something which is completely impossible. Or the other option is to recognise Hacking as a profession with a good reputation like any other profession. Cyber war is like a war between the Good and the Evil and trust me the Good can never ever win this war. Just as I am writing this, it could be that the Chinese, the Russians or even the US are reading the data on the Server of the EU Parliament. Don't mess about something if you don't have any clue about it.
    ashantifufu@...
  • Are they really serious serious or they are just bragging

    With these measures I think the EU leaders are going to aggravate the problems of cyber attack in Europe. Some Hackers or Cybercriminals are daredevil. They always like a challenge. Something to keep them occupied. If somebody really wants to commit a cybercrime the person does not necessarily have to execute his plans here in Europe. He can do it all over the world where there is an internet connection. What if the person breaks into someone's wireless connection and commit the crime. These EU Politicians have no clue about internetworking and they are just talking bla bla just to waste public money in Brussels. The only possible means to avoid cyber attach or crime is to totally disconnect your network or computer from the internet, something which is completely impossible. Or the other option is to recognise Hacking as a profession with a good reputation like any other profession. Cyber war is like a war between the Good and the Evil and trust me the Good can never ever win this war. Just as I am writing this, it could be that the Chinese, the Russians or even the US are reading the data on the Server of the EU Parliament. Don't mess about something if you don't have any clue about it.
    ashantifufu@...
  • In a related story...

    Cybercriminals and botnet organizers plan to move operations to countries with no extradition treaties with the EU.

    Seriously, though, this sort of thing seems like another BS "tough on crime" initiative that doesn't solve anything but makes the people proposing it sound like law-and-order types (at least until they themselves get caught with their hand in the till).
    Third of Five