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Regulation that matters – Sweden – DDoS

March 28th, 2007 · No Comments ·

The Swedish government is to hand out harsher punishments to cyber-criminals who launch Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks. The government has proposed an amendment to current legislation. I the amendment goes unopposed it will be enforceable starting 2007-06-01.

The law would then open prosecutors the door for taking DoS attackers to court asking for the culprit to be punished with up to two years in prison.

Sweden – DDoS – att 4 kap. 9 c § brottsbalken (Login as guest – click on this link again and voila you got more info… including Swedish text of this amendment)

Nonetheless, to prosecute the accused it is necessary that both, attacker and victim, have to be in Sweden. This does, at first, limit the enforcability of this law. Nonetheless, European collaboration on such matters will extend the reach of this type of legislation and other well beyond a nation’s borders.

Moreover, the amendment is a further indication of a European-wide trend to tigthen laws to be able to punish people who committed criminal offenses in cyberspace.

As well, the Cybercrime Convention asks for such changes to local laws of the signatory countries

Convention on Cybercrime: CETS No.: 185


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