Police IT group backs law review campaign

The Police Information Technology Organisation (Pito) has given its backing to Computer Weekly's campaign to change the law...

The Police Information Technology Organisation (Pito) has given its backing to Computer Weekly's campaign to change the law concerning denial of service attacks.

Tony Crimmens, the Pito director with special responsibility for information security and protection, said, "The Police Service would support anything that takes the ambiguity out of an area that is proving to be increasingly problematic."

Crimmens, who is a deputy chief constable, warned, however, that denial of service attacks are not just a law issue here. He said, "UK legislation on this would be most welcome, European legislation would be even more welcome."

We have to make Europe a safe place to do business, he added.

The National High-Tech Crime Unit has already urged the Government to change the law to give police clearer powers to prosecute hackers who try to halt computer systems by bombarding them with tens of thousands of messages.

Police are concerned that the current Computer Misuse Act offers no straightforward way for police to act against perpetrators of denial of service attacks.

A number of organisations, including the IT parliamentary lobby group Eurim and the IT directors' organisation Elite have added their support to Computer Weekly's campaign to have the law reviewed.

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