New Sentencing Guidelines for Cybercrime

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 23, 2003

The United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to guidelines applicable to persons convicted of crimes related to the misuse of computers (i.e., hacking, cracking, writing and disseminating viruses, ID theft, web-related fraud, etc.). These new guidelines have garnered a new level of attention due to significantly increased incidences of computer related crimes. In addition, the commission is seeking comment on other proposed guidelines in response to three major post 9/11 laws: the Patriot Act, the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, and the Terrorist Bombings Convention Implementation Act of 2002.

Posted in Cybercrime, ID Theft

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