Computer Misuse Act News, Articles and Updates

3.5 million cyber-crimes recorded, true figure could be 20.5 million

Fraud and computer misuse offences accounted for almost half of the 10.8m criminal acts recorded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in its Crime Survey for England and Wales (CESW), accounting for some 5m crimes.

No one above the law: the message from the Lauri Love extradition

Analysis of Judge Tempia's decision to grant the request of the United States government to extradite computer activist Lauri Love to face multiple charges related to computer hacking.

Surrey teenager charged under Computer Misuse Act over Mumsnet hack

A teenager from Surrey has been charged with a cyber-attack on Mumsnet, forcing the parenting website to reset the passwords of its 7.7 million members.

Researcher threatened with prosecution for exposing flaws

Software vendor Impero Solutions, creator of Education Pro for monitoring and managing school computers, has struck back against a security researcher who exposed its flaws, but many in the industry question whether the response was proportionate.

Met Police chief admits cyber-crime difficulties

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe admits that the UK police are still "skimming the surface" when it comes to tackling cyber-crime, a view that is shared by security experts.

Update: GCHQ and police hackers protected by revised Computer Misuse Act

The Computer Misuse Act 1990 has quietly been updated, handing out life sentences to hackers and seemingly giving more power and protection to law enforcement and surveillance agencies.

UK law could propose life sentences for cyber crimes

The Queen's speech in the Houses of Parliament yesterday saw the proposal of 11 new laws, including a 'Serious Crime Bill' which will make significant changes to the Computer Misuse Act 1990.