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Pakistan Says Death to Hackers

Calls computer crimes "Cyber Terrorism"
By: Sean Kalinich | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Nov 6, 2008 2:01 pm

I have always been in favor of tougher laws for computer crimes but I think Pakistan might be going a little overboard.


According to Reuters Pakistan has now made Cyber Terrorism that results in the death of another punishable by death or life imprisonment. The "results in death" requirements are not tied to the actual hack but only if it can be proved that the hack resulted in someone's death directly or indirectly. This law applies not only to Pakistani citizens but to foreign hackers as well.


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Pakistan Says Death to Hackers


The Prevention of Electronic Crimes law will be applicable to anyone who commits a crime detrimental to national security through the use of a computer or any other electronic device, the government said in the ordinance.


"Whoever commits the offence of cyber terrorism and causes death of any person shall be punishable with death or imprisonment for life," according to a copy of the ordinance, published by the state-run APP news agency.


The law will apply to Pakistanis and foreigners whether living in Pakistan or abroad.


The ordinance described cyber terrorism as accessing of a computer network or electronic system by someone who then "knowingly engages in or attempts to engage in a terroristic act".


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