The Chinese government is going to finally try to crack down on the rampant data and ID Theft that goes on behind the Great FireWall.
In a draft amendment that the Chinese State Media service announced hackers could face up to seven year behind bars making little cardboard boxes if caught.
The existing law only prohibits entry into government or state controlled systems.
ReaThe Sydney Morning Herald has more here.
If passed, the clauses will be the first legal tools to crack down on increasing data theft from non-official computers in China, the report said.
The existing Criminal Law stipulates punishment only for intruding into networks of governments, national defence or advanced science sectors, or altering the functions of personal computer systems, it said.
The public security ministry first raised the request to make the amendment due to rampant stealing of account numbers and passwords, especially those of games and banks, and hacking of computers to remotely control them, it added.