New law to include jail sentences for email hackers

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hacking an email account in Panama could result in a punishment of up to four years in prison if a proposed law is implemented, the government said on its website.

According to the bill, those who steal, destroy, replace, hide, lose, intercept or block a card, envelope, email or cablegram addressed to other people could get 2-4 years in prison, or be fined or subject to house arrest.

The initiative was presented by deputy Abraham Martínez following recent attacks on government workers' emails.

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The bill also includes sanctions for those who misuse classified information, an activity that is currently not considered illegal in the country.