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UK Government Amending Law, Wants Life Sentence for Malicious Hackers

The UK government wants to amend its current laws to let judges give a life sentence to computer hackers whose misdeeds result in loss of life or threaten national security. The 1990 Computer Misuse Act now gives hackers a maximum sentence of ten years. In the newly introduced Serious Crime Bill, cyberattacks resulting in loss of life, serious illness or injury, or serious damage to national security carry a life sentence while those resulting in serious economic or environmental damage carry a 14-year sentence. “Malicious hackers who risk triggering deadly civil unrest by cutting off food distribution, telephone networks, or energy supplies by sabotaging computer networks could be sentenced to life in prison,” according to the Telegraph. (SlashDot)(iTnews.com.au)(Telegraph)

UK Government Investigating Huawei

United Kingdom government officials announced plans to investigate security at a cybersecurity center located in southern England operated by China’s Huawei. The investigation is reportedly being conducted to ensure the nation’s telecommunications networks remain secure. There are concerns about the company’s access to the nation’s communications infrastructure and whether it has ties to the Chinese government or military. Allegations have been made that the firm inserts backdoors in its equipment to allow the Chinese government to conduct espionage. United States businesses have already been advised by US House of Representatives members not to buy equipment from the company following testimony by the firm they deemed “unconvincing”. The security center, staffed by UK nationals, was opened in 2010 to test both telecommunications hardware and software for security risks before they were used in Britain’s critical infrastructure. Huawei, the world’s second largest telecommunications firm, issued a statement supporting the investigation, which is also determining whether the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) should have a greater role in managing the center. (ZDNet)(Reuters)

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