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E-crime prosecutions set to get easier, say experts

Denial of service attacks and other crimes will be easier to prosecute in future, according to Charlotte Walker-Osborn, organiser of the recent BCS ISSG legal day, where she spoke about IT fraud.

Denial of service attacks and other crimes will be easier to prosecute in future, according to Charlotte Walker-Osborn, organiser of the recent BCS ISSG legal day, where she spoke about IT fraud.

Walker-Osborn also gave practical advice about policy, how to avoid falling victim to attacks, and the state of the law, which she said was deficient.

Julian Heathcote-Hobbins, senior legal counsel for the Federation Against Software Theft, told delegates that the law is expected to be updated soon, so that it will adequately address software copyright and intellectual property issues, provide adequate powers to enforce these laws and allow realistic damages to be awarded if they are breached.

Andy Glover and Simon O'Neil of Ernst & Young gave a briefing about legal and regulatory compliance requirements for organisations and their auditors. They included corporate risk management and annual reporting, and related these to legislation such as the US Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Basel 2 and the revised version of the Turnbull Regulations, which is due this year.

On the admissibility of evidence, Mark Rhys-Jones, a partner at law firm Eversheds, described the differences between real and hearsay evidence, the codes of practice that govern it, how a court decides on the weight to assign to it, and  rules for disclosure. He also looked at the guidelines for evidence in a paperless office.

Details of future events:

www.bcs.org/groups/issg


 

This was first published in March 2006

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