The European Commission has made several proposals designed to counter large-scale cyberattacks that could paralyze the computer networks of European Union (EU) nations. The proposals include criminalizing the use and creation of malicious software and the possession of tools for breaking into computer systems. The EU also wants to increase penalties for cybercrime.
Europe needs a unified approach to prevent and prosecute cybercrime, says Cecilia Malmstrom, the EU's commissioner for home affairs. Malmstrom says the EU also needs a long-term strategy to protect its infrastructure from cybercrime. "We are not totally defenseless," she says. "We have some tools . . . and we are looking at it in our security strategy but this is something long term where we need bigger capacity. This is not something we can construct overnight."
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