New EU Rules to Tackle Cybercrime

rules_cybercrime1New EU rules were recently adopted in order to better fight cybercrime and complement the recently adopted EU Cybersecurity Strategy. The Directive on attacks against information systems introduces new offences such as the use of botnets, i.e. networks of infected computers that can be remotely controlled to stage large-scale cyber attacks. The new rules aim to improve cross-border cooperation between Member States, and they include higher criminal sanctions that are necessary to fight more effectively such large scale attacks. The Directive also introduces the obligation to collect statistical data on cyber-attacks and for Member States to have channels in place to report the offences to competent authorities. More on the Directive on Attacks Against Information Systems