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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

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

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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