Brazil passes new legislation against computer hacking

December 7, 2012
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Brazils' legislation against computer hacking

In today's world, the advent of mobile technology and the widespread use of the internet has brought forth a number of legal issues that governments have been grappling with on an international basis.

With computer hackers, the spread of viruses and stolen information have led many lawmakers down a road of banning such actions from harming innocent victims. In Brazil, for instance, President Dilma Rousseff has signed two legislations into law that organize different types of cybercrime into two categories, according to Fox News. These include hacking into computers, stealing passwords and emails as well as attacking websites.

The new rulings specify the jail times affordable for each illegal cyber activity and puts forth more data within the Penal Code for the most serious crimes. Computer hackers that are thinking of committing grave mistakes such as stealing industrial computer secrets or hacking into private electronic communication systems should be aware that the new legislations will put them away in prison for a long time.

Those who consider releasing private information or photographs will experience even more severe penalties under the Brazil legal system. Also, victims that have had their personal credit card information stolen can rest assured that their attackers will be put in jail for up to five years.

However, there are some concerned citizens and organizations around the world that fear putting too many legal obstacles around the use of the internet could seriously compromise the freedom of speech and information on a global scale, according to World News Australia.

Businesses that wish to learn more about the penalties of cybercrime in Brazil should contact a Brazilian attorney. Professionals from a Brazilian law firm have the experience necessary to adequately represent any company in a cybercrime-related lawsuit.

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