Only seven hackers jailed in two years

    Date14 Feb 2002
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3987
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Industry experts are calling for a revamp of the Computer Misuse Act after the government revealed that only seven hackers have been imprisoned in the past two years. At the same time an influential lobby group has warned that improvements . . . Industry experts are calling for a revamp of the Computer Misuse Act after the government revealed that only seven hackers have been imprisoned in the past two years. At the same time an influential lobby group has warned that improvements in tackling e-crime are needed before its growth overwhelms the UK's ability to fight back.

    In August last year the Confederation of British Industry said that two thirds of its members had suffered serious cyber crime attacks. According to figures from the Home Office, there were only 33 prosecutions for offences under the Computer Misuse Act in 1999 and 2000, the latest years for which figures are available.

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