Conservatives Propose Changes to Computer Crime Law

Silicon reports that Conservative peer, Lord Northesk is seeking to amend the Computer Misuse Act (CMA) 1990 to give the police and judiciary greater "legal clarity" when dealing with computer crime.

The proposed changes would alter the law regarding launching denial of service attacks, the creation of tools that could be used for hacking, and bot attacks.

The UK government is currently trying to update the CMA through amendments in the Police and Justice Bill 2006, which will be debated in the House of Lords this week. Northesk has proposed amendments to the government's own amendments.