Hackers face jail time, hefty fine under draft UAE law

The UAE is mulling tougher penalties for those that forge IP addresses with criminal intent

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Hackers face jail time, hefty fine under draft UAE law The new proposed clause makes clear there must be intent to cause a crime, for example, illegitimately hack accounts to obtain private information (Getty Images)
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  January 20, 2016

Under a draft law reportedly being reviewed by the Federal National Council (FNC), IP address fraudsters would face at least three years in jail and a fine of up to AED2 million.

Under current law, IP address forgery is a minor offence punishable with a jail term of between 24 hours and three years, and a fine of up to AED500,000.

Gulf News reported that the bill introduces changes in Federal Law No 5 of 2012, intended to combat cyber crime.

IP fraud, also known as IP "spoofing", is when computer hackers masquerade as trusted hosts to conceal their identity and gain access to a private network.

The newspaper quoted an Abu Dhabi-based lawyer named Dino Wilkinson as saying: "The proposed amendment shows that the UAE authorities are keen to crack down on so-called IP spoofing by imposing harsher penalties for offenders."

He added the proposed new clause makes clear there must be intent to cause a crime, for example, illegitimately hack accounts to obtain private information.

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