Ultra-strict Singapore has passed some of the world’s toughest laws against computer hackers and virus writers, allowing police to arrest suspects before they strike, official documents show. Drawing comparisons with the island’s harsh Internal Security Act that allows detention without trial, the revised Computer Misuse Act gives authorities wide-ranging powers to police the Internet.
Ho Peng Kee, Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs, said the law aimed to fight “cyberterrorism,” but would be used sparingly — chiefly against threats to national security, essential services such as banking and finance, and foreign relations. Passed on Monday, the bill allows police to take “pre-emptive action” based on credible information before hackers strike to protect computer networks from unauthorized entry.
People who hack or deface a Web site may be jailed for up to three years or fined up to S$10,000 ($5,800).
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