Bangladesh making law to check computer hacking

The Bangladeshi government is going to make a law to check computer hacking in the country with punishment of 10 years prison term or fine of 1 million taka (14, 300 U.S. dollars) or both to the hackers.

A draft bill of the proposed law was placed before the parliament, which began its last session of the government on Sunday, Parikhit Chowdhury, a spokesman of the Law and Parliamentary Affairs, said on Monday.

The law named "Ministry of Information and Communication Technology Act 2006" will have provisions of establishing cyber- tribunal, he said, adding those doing harm in the computer and internet system (hacking), infecting of computer virus and changing of computer source code will be punished.

Under the law, those who give obscene information or do things which are defamatory to others, disclose secrets through computer will also be punished.

The law will have provisions against committing crime using computers.

Chowdhury said, Dr. Abdul Moyeen Khan, minister for Information and Communication Technology, has placed the bill before the parliament.

The spokesman said the bill may be passed by the current session of parliament as this is the last session of the current parliament.

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led four-party alliance government of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will end its five years tenure in Oct. 27 and hand over power to a non-partisan caretaker government on Oct. 28 to conduct the national polls in three months.

Source: Xinhua



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