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