New rules cut hackers less slack

Monday, 3 November 2003, 12:37 PM EST

As attacks on computers get more sophisticated, more dangerous and more costly, the bad guys responsible rarely do hard time.

Most people convicted of unleashing malicious code or hacking into computers receive sentences of one to three years, or they get probation and a warning to stay away from computers.

"It's frustrating," said Eric Smith, who chased down cybercriminals for three years as an investigator for the Air Force.

"There were cases that lasted two to three years and nothing ever happened to these people," Smith said. "It seems like it's always probation. They always slap their wrists."

New federal rules might change that.

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