2003-02-03

EXECUTIVE YUAN APPROVES REVISED

In November of last year Taiwan’s Executive Yuan (Cabinet) approved a revision of Taiwan’s Criminal Code provisions related to Internet crime. New provisions add a prison sentence of up to seven years and/or a fine of NT$ 1.5 million for the creation of computer viruses that cause damage to computers. Under the new revisions, computer hackers who break into computers or electronic equipment owned by others and for the unauthorized acquisition, deletion, or alteration of electromagnetic records in such computers or related equipment may be subject to criminal penalties including a jail sentence of three to five years. The approved revision has been sent to Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan for deliberation by that body.

Moreover, as unauthorized hacking into computer systems of government agencies may result in a disclosure of national secrets and thus poses a threat to Taiwan’s national security, the sentences of those convicted of committing such acts against government computers and related equipment will be increased by half the amount of time normally sentenced.

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