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Sweden seeks tougher penalties for hacking

Sweden seeks tougher penalties for hacking

Published: 10 Oct 2012 08:19 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 Oct 2012 08:19 GMT+02:00

Cyber attacks like ones recently claimed to have been carried out by hacktivist network Anonymous rarely result in convictions, but an ongoing parliamentary inquiry into IT-related crimes will now be tasked with taking a closer look at the penalties associated with hacking and other forms of cybercrime.

"The rules that Sweden has were designed for operations in a different era," Ask told Sveriges Radio (SR).

Currently, the maximum penalty for anyone convicted of computer hacking in Sweden is two years in prison, and many of the 3,000 cases of hacking reported in Sweden last year involve the unlawful accessing of personal information or cases where young people take over others' Facebook accounts.

However, the recent trend of cyber attacks carried out by diffuse networks is something Ask is hoping the inquiry will address as well.

"We're seeing a trend whereby attacks occur against companies, banks, and government agencies which is cause for great concern," she told SR in urging the inquiry seek tougher penalties for hacking crimes.

"We have to find different ways to mobilize resources to ensure in part that we are better protected, and in part that we signal how seriously society views these types of attacks which undermine the functioning of modern society."

A toughening of the maximum sentence associated with hacking would allow police to deploy more sophisticated surveillance techniques as well as make it easier to have a suspect held on remand, explained Anders Ahlkvist, an IT-crimes expert with the National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen).

"It would also make it easier for to have relationships with law enforcement authorities in other countries in order to get information," he told SR.

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08:49 October 10, 2012 by byke
As far as I understood a DDOS is not "hacking"?

It simply directing a lot of traffic / users to a site.
09:51 October 10, 2012 by Rishonim
Hej Beatrice Ask, how about tougher penalties for violent criminals? You mindless Heffer.
10:55 October 10, 2012 by robban70226
Beatrice Ask...... bla bla bla and no guts
11:19 October 10, 2012 by RobinHood
In Sweden, rapists, murderers, gangsters and assorted violent criminals escape with impunity. Last month, two teenagers who kicked an old man into a coma, giving him permanent brain damage received no custodial sentance at all. But hack a government computer, or cheat on your taxes, and the full might of the state will fall on you.

Perhaps some thought into why little Sweden has suddenly become an international target for computer hacking might bring about better results.
16:55 October 10, 2012 by Grokh
what about tougher penalties for rape and child molesting?

what about tougher penalties for politicians fighting harder on behalf of interests from american companies .

now to be balanced there is a lot of danger in hacking, but most of the hacking dangerous is corporate related. And ofc hacking is a crime as all others. But sweden should focus on more obvious stuff before moving on.
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