Representative Francisco Contreras, sponsor of the measure, requested its inclusion in the legislative agenda as soon as possible.
Marcela Fernández writes in a Prensalibre.com article: "With the law, unauthorized access to a private page, damages or sabotage, invitation to enter phony systems, child pornography and cyber espionage, among others, would be punished with up to 12 years in jail."
The new law prevents and sanctions the use of information and communication technologies to commit crimes such as embezzlement, fraud and espionage.
From a statement issued by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador:
In order to protect fundamental rights such as honor, intimacy, sexual integrity, intellectual property and public safety; the Legislative Assembly passed with 70 votes, the Special Law against Computer and Related Crimes; which will aid in the prevention and punishment of offenses committed using computer technology and communication (ICT), affecting the image of natural or legal persons.
Better internet connections and mass use of mobile phones have led to an increase in phishing scams.
In the last year (2010) alone losses of $18 billion and $20 billion were reported, according to information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
"Phishing, which was widespread last year in the Panamanian market, is a type of fraud that uses fake emails which redirect clients to a copy or imitation of a legitimate website, so that personal and confidential information can be gathered and used to commit fraud" reported Prensa.com.
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