Cyber-crime law to be strengthened

Tuesday, 24 February 2004, 8:05 PM EST

The government is giving police stronger powers to tackle cyber-criminals after it was revealed that internet financial fraud cost the UK £121m last year.

Addressing the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit's (NHTCU) second e-Crime Congress, Caroline Flint, junior Home Office minister, said the government would make changes to the Computer Misuse Act to allow police to prosecute people for creating computer attacks such as denial of service.

The legislation will also be strengthened to allow the courts to press for stronger penalties for incidents of forging data, such as faking a website.

By Dinah Greek at vnunet.

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