In the Media

Computer crime laws need updating

PUBLISHED July 1, 2004

An influential group of MPs has put forward suggested reforms to the UK cyber laws, to take account of 21st Century computer crime.

The All-Party Internet Group wants to see changes to what it sees as an "outdated" Computer Misuse Act. The report calls for denial-of-service attacks - in which servers are deluged with information from thousands of PCs - to be made a specific crime. It also recommends an increase in the length of jail sentences for hackers.