New bill could mean jail for life for 'malicious' computer hackers.
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Source: p2pnet.net - November 14, 2002
'Malicious' computer hackers could face life in prison if a last-minute
addition to a proposal for a Department of Homeland Security is sneaked
through Congress before it adjourns for the holidays.
The US House of Representatives had already voted 299 to 121 to approve the bill to reshape
large portions of the federal bureaucracy into a new department combining
parts of 22 existing federal agencies, including the Secret Service and the
FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center, wrote Declan McCullagh in a
November 13 CNET News.com story, continuing:
"During closed-door negotiations before the debate began, the House
Republican leadership inserted the 16-page Cyber Security Enhancement Act (CSEA) into the Homeland
Security bill. CSEA expands the ability of police to conduct Internet or
telephone eavesdropping without first obtaining a court order, and offers
Internet providers more latitude to disclose information to police."
CSEA makes, "ISPs more closely aligned with law enforcement interests than
customer confidentiality interests," McCullagh quotes Marc Rotenberg,
director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, as saying. "It may
not be surprising, but it's not good news,"
The Department of Homeland Security bill had been rushed to the floor
without everyone having a chance to read it, said Democratic members of
Congress during the floor debate, although they apparently didn't complain
specifically about CSEA, which has already been approved near-unanimously by
"We were given a massive new bill this morning [last Wednesday] that is
being rushed through the House with no opportunity for debate," McCullagh
quotes Rep Henry Waxman, D-Calif, as saying. "I doubt more than 10 people in
Congress know (what's) in the bill."