TOUGH NEW GERMAN ANTI—HACKING LAW THREATENS 10 YEARS IN PRISON

Hackers in Germany should be very careful to cover their tracks after the Bundestag passed a law in May 2007 that makes such computer activities a punishable crime. Even more eye-opening is the potential decade long sentence they could receive in prison. This legislation was proposed by the Government last year and meant to crack down on the spike in computer crimes and assaults in both the public and private sectors. This law also comes on top of a comprehensive penal code barring attacks on IT systems, and the new legislation is designed to cinch up any remaining loopholes. But Internet rights groups, civil libertarians and friendly hackers are all up in arms, as fear spreads that this new law will be used by the Government itself, ironically to justify hacking into private person's computers to examine the contents in the name of fighting terrorism. To tackle this subject we will answer these questions: How Does the New Law Define Hacking?; What Exactly is Forbidden by the New Law?; Are There Critics of the New Law?; Why Was this New, Harsh Law Created?

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How Does the New Law Define Hacking?
What Exactly is Forbidden by the New Law?
Are There Critics of the New Law?
Why Was this New, Harsh Law Created?

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