Hackers become terrorists under new law

From: Michael Lorrey (mike@datamann.com)
Date: Mon Mar 12 2001 - 14:43:31 MST


Monday February 19, 04:49 PM

Hackers become terrorists under new law

By Will Knight

Computer hackers could be classed as terrorists under a UK law that
came into force today.

The Terrorism Act 2000 is designed to prevent dissident political
groups from using the UK as a base for terrorism and recognises a new
threat from cyberterrorists for the first time.

But the Act also significantly widens the definition of terrorism to
include those actions that "seriously interfere with or seriously
disrupt an electronic system". According to the Act this only applies
to actions "designed to influence the government or to intimidate the
public", but it will be up to police investigators to decide when
this is the case. The Act gives police the power to detain suspects
for 48-hours without a warrant.

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