House votes to increase penalties for cybercrime. (News, Trends & Analysis).The U.S. government may not be prepared for cyber attacks, but it is prepared to punish cyber attackers. The House recently passed legislation to increase penalties for computer crimes and make it easier for Internet service providers Internet service provider (ISP)
Company that provides Internet connections and services to individuals and organizations. For a monthly fee, ISPs provide computer users with a connection to their site (see data transmission), as well as a log-in name and password. (ISPs) to disclose dangerous material to government agencies. The legislation also states that immediate threats to national security should be included among emergency instances where law enforcement can tap into computer communications.
also known as computer crime
Any use of a computer as an instrument to further illegal ends, such as committing fraud, trafficking in child pornography and intellectual property, stealing identities, or violating privacy. is more than an annoyance; it can devastate dev·as·tate
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark. business, the economy, and the nation's infrastructure. "Our mouse can be just as dangerous as a bullet or a bomb," said Rep. Lamar Smith Lamar Smith may refer to:
The bill exempts from civil or criminal liability ISPs that disclose communications to government offices in the good-faith belief that an emergency posing danger of death or serious physical injury exists.
Electronic surveillance tools known as "pen registers" and "trap-and-trace devices" can be used for 48 hours while court authorization is sought if an immediate threat to national security exists or an attack is underway on protected computers. Such devices allow law enforcement to find the source or destination of computer communications without capturing the content. To meet privacy considerations, the bill says agencies must report to the Justice Department within 90 days after getting access to electronic communications.
In addition, the bill doubles the maximum penalty from 10 to 20 years' imprisonment Imprisonment
See also Isolation.
former federal maximum security penitentiary, near San Francisco; “escapeproof.” [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 218]
German prison ship in World War II. [Br. Hist. for knowingly attempting to cause serious injury through a cyber attack. Attempts to cause death may receive punishment of up to life in prison.
The legislation, which still requires Senate approval, also would move the National Infrastructure Protection Center from the FBI to the planned Homeland Security Department There were gaps in the U.S. system for detecting and deterring terrorist acts in the homeland. That became clear September 11, 2001. The Department of Homeland Security is the george w. bush administration's plug for those gaps. to respond to cyber attacks.