Magazine article Corrections Forum

House OKs Life Sentences for Hackers

Magazine article Corrections Forum

House OKs Life Sentences for Hackers

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CNet

The House of Representatives approved by almost unanimous vote the Cyber Security Enhancement Act (CSEA), under which computer hackers can draw a life sentence for carrying out intrusions that "recklessly" endanger the lives of others. Such a penalty is designed to discourage terrorist cyberattacks on the nation's economy and critical infrastructure. Hearings on the CSEA were held by a crime subcommittee chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas); Microsoft and WorldCom executives, as well as a leading Justice Department official, endorsed the bill. The CSEA also includes provisions that allow law enforcement officials to conduct Internet or telephone eavesdropping without court orders, and broaden the circumstances under which Internet providers can disclose email messages and electronic records. …

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