Hacking staff could wind up firm

Computer_HackersCompanies which fail to prevent staff engaging in computer hacking or other cyber crimes could be hit with winding up orders – and employees jailed for 5 years – under draft new laws backed by Brussels.
MEPs have voted to support a new EU Directive on attacks against information systems. The framework requires member states to ensure businesses can be held liable for offences such as the illegal accessing of information systems, illegal system or data interference or illegal interception.
Under the Directive member states would be able to levy a number of sanctions over cyber attacks, even if staff have been carrying them out unofficially.
The European Commission said that the new laws, which would update an existing framework in place since 2005, have been designed to combat cyber crime such as “the illegal entering of or tampering with information systems” and “the massive spread of malicious software creating ‘botnets’ to stage large-scale, coordinated attacks”.
Individual perpetrators of the crimes could face at least five years in prison in some cases where the crime they have committed “cause serious damage” or “are committed against a critical infrastructure information system”.
EU member states will have two years from the date that the new Directive is published in the Official Journal of the EU to implement the new laws.
EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmström said: “This is an important step to boost Europe’s defences against cyber-attacks. Attacks against information systems pose a growing challenge to businesses, governments and citizens alike. Such attacks can cause serious damage and undermine users’ confidence in the safety and reliability of the Internet.”

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