Party-list solons file cyber terrorism bill

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online piracy and ?phishing? last week, two party-list lawmakers again filed an ICT-related legislation on Monday, July 23, this time focusing on cyber terrorism. [caption id="attachment_3535" align="alignleft" width="125" caption="Velarde"][/caption] Under House Bill 6200 authored by Buhay party-list representatives Mariano Michael Velarde Jr. and Irwin Tieng, cyber terrorism will be considered a criminal act with stiff penalty to violators. “Terrorism as a politically or ideologically motivated criminal act has been a growing concern and menace that haunts the national and international communities since such acts can be transnational in operation and effect,” Velarde said in a statement The bill defines cyber-terrorism as an act that disrupts information systems by using techniques that disrupt or damage computer-based information systems to cause fear, injury, or economic loss. Velarde said cyber-terrorists are programmers who break into computer systems in order to steal, change, or destroy information as a form of cyber-terrorism. Citing a report of the Earth Island Journal of 2000, Tieng said a 19-year-old American hacker was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and ordered to pay $36,240 in restitution for hacking the White House Web page. [caption id="attachment_3536" align="alignright" width="127" caption="Tieng"][/caption] Tieng said the February denial-of-service attacks against Yahoo, CNN, eBay, and other e-commerce websites was estimated to have caused over a billion in losses and shook the confidence of businesses and individuals in e-commerce. “The recent defacement of some government websites has caused concern and inconvenience to government and to the public,” Tieng also said in a statement Tieng said the different acts that constitute cyber terrorism are cyber-terrorist attack, computer attack, virus attack, e-mail bombing, e-mail spamming, and hacking, among others. Tieng said cyber-terrorist attacks are directed against critical computer infrastructures, which result in explosions, plane crashes, water contamination, and similar incidents leading to death and/or bodily injury or severe economic loss. Likewise, Tieng said computer attacks are actions directed against computer systems to disrupt equipment operations, change processing control, or corrupt stored data resulting in the defacement of websites with political and social messages or denial-of-service (DoS) attacks ? disrupting access to target websites, usually by flooding them with traffic. The bill, to be known as the Anti Cyber Terrorism Bill of 2012 punishes cyber terrorists with imprisonment from six months to 12 years and a fine of P200,000 to P1 million. “The liability imposed on the juridical person shall be without prejudice to the criminal liability of the natural person who has committed the offense,” Tieng said. The bill mandates the concerned agencies of the Philippine government to cooperate and render assistance to other nations for purposes of detection, investigation and prosecution of offenses and in the collection of evidence in electronic form.]]>

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