Stricter Penalties for Cyber Crimes Across the EU

Cyber criminals will face tougher penalties in the EU, under new rules adopted by the European Parliament at the end of last week.

EU governments are obliged to set their maximum terms of imprisonment at two years minimum for illegally accessing or interfering with information systems. In addition, the maximum penalties for attacks against infrastructure, such as power plants, and for illegally intercepting communications will also be increased.
Member States are expected to formally adopt the new rules very shortly. Afterwards, they will have two years to translate the rules into national law.