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Source: ComputerWeekly.com - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Government The Government's attempt to fight hackers through the latest anti-terrorism legislation is flawed, according to legal and network security experts. Critics claim that the legislation covers attacks on utilities and hospitals, but has no provision for the prosecution of a . . . The Government's attempt to fight hackers through the latest anti-terrorism legislation is flawed, according to legal and network security experts. Critics claim that the legislation covers attacks on utilities and hospitals, but has no provision for the prosecution of a cyber terrorist who attacks a bank or business.

The Terrorism Act represents the latest attempt by the Government (following on from the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000) to revamp its enforcement powers to address the possibilities the internet offers to criminals and subversive elements.

Garcia Hanson, chief executive of network security consultant WRDC said, "This legislation has been drawn too narrowly and too unimaginatively. There are other targets that are more vulnerable - and more likely to suffer cyber attack - but which remain effectively uncovered by the legislation. We know from our own experience of protecting major financial institutions and government organisations that such attacks are already taking place, although the policy is to avoid publicising them."

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