17 Jun '11, 8am

Japan to fine or jail computer virus creators

Japan to fine or jail computer virus creators

Japan will punish people who create or wilfully spread computer viruses with fines and prison terms of up to three years under a law enacted by parliament . -- ST PHOTO: NORMAN SAWI TOKYO - JAPAN will punish people who create or wilfully spread computer viruses with fines and prison terms of up to three years under a law enacted by parliament on Friday. Under the law, police can seize email communication logs of suspects from Internet service providers, among other information. The action, which has met with opposition from privacy and free speech advocates, brings Japan a step closer to concluding the Convention on Cybercrime, a Europe-led effort. The convention is the first international treaty to combat crimes committed via the Internet and other computer networks. Japan has signed the treaty but must pass relevant domestic laws to conclude it. Under Japan's new law, pe...

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