Chinese hackers could face steep fines and even prison under new reforms.
A draft amendment, under review by the standing committee of the National People's Congress, would impose steep fines and prison sentences of three-to-seven years, depending on the severity of the offence.
Under the current criminal law, most hackers would not be charged for breaking into a bank or business's computer system, according to Prof. Yu Gang from the College of Criminal Justice under China University of Political Science and Law. Existing criminal law only imposes penalties on hackers who break into government, military and scientific research institutes' computer systems.
Professor Gang said: “There are many ready-made hacker tools that make hacking quite easy. A business of training hackers, making computer viruses, selling them and stealing information, is emerging.
“The criminal law has clear regulations, if either a crime or the result of a crime happens in China, the case is under our jurisdiction. If the suspect is a Chinese citizen, he or she will not be delivered to foreign countries for trial.”