Parliament hears bill on stricter punishment for cyber crimes

The bill brings local legislation closer to the Convention on Cybercrime of the Council of Europe, the interior ministry said. Photo: jaydeep_ under Creative Commons., 18 Mar 2021 - 19:18, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian parliament is hearing a bill by the Ministry of Internal Affairs designed to provide stricter criminal punishment for cyber crimes including hacking for financial gain and creation of fake data.

The provision is designed to introduce two new articles into the criminal code. The first of these outlines punishment for acts of hacking into computer systems and/or obtaining data for monetary gain.

In comments about the bill the interior ministry said the article was aiming to involve stricter punishment for these acts compared to "other cyber crimes".

Creation of fake computer data is the second article included in the initiative and would now be tied to criminal responsibility if the lawmaking move is accepted.

In the third change introduced by the bill, cyber crime against critical infrastructure would be designated as aggravated circumstance for those charged with it.

The ministry said the initiative would serve to bring local cyber crime laws close to the Convention on Cybercrime of the Council of Europe.