U.s. Patriot Act And The Cyber Security Enhancement Act Essay

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U.S. prosecutors and judges are cracking down on cyber crimes more aggressively than ever. The airplane hijack attacks in September have been used to justify harsher treatment for computer crimes in the name of national security. Of concern to many hackers are the U.S. Patriot Act enacted late last year and a new bill called the Cyber Security Enhancement Act overwhelmingly approved by the House of Representatives last month. The Patriot Act raised the maximum sentence for breaking into a computer network from 5 years to 10 years. Hackers who recklessly cause or attempt to cause someone 's death could get up to life imprisonment due to the Cyber Security Enhancement Act. The Patriot Act also gives the FBI and Department of Justice broad new authority to use wiretaps, electronic eavesdropping, and other information-gathering techniques. Additionally, a new proposal aimed at expanding these powers, which has been dubbed by some as "Patriot II", seeks to collect and store information on individuals in central databases and then use data-mining techniques to detect possible terrorist and criminal activity. All three government efforts emphasize the use of technology both for data collection and surveillance (Stakes).
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In the seven months since the passage of a sweeping law to combat terrorism, Internet and telecommunications companies have seen a surge in law enforcement requests to snoop on subscribers. Dawn Onley, staff for Government Computer News (GCN)…

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