Philippine leader signs law to combat cybercrimes

Sep 16, 2012
Philippines President Benigno Aquino as he arrives at a summit in Russia's far eastern port city Vladivostok on September 8. Aquino has signed into law a bill to combat cybercrime, his spokeswoman said, in a bid to stamp down on everything from forgery to child pornography.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a bill to combat cybercrime, his spokeswoman said Saturday, in a bid to stamp down on everything from forgery to child pornography.

The bill will be a boost to law-enforcers who have previously complained of difficulty charging people who use the Internet to commit crimes as there were no legal codes that penalise their acts.

Aquino's spokeswoman Abigail Valte said the bill covered most forms of hacking, defining cybercrimes to include "offences against the confidentiality, integrity and availability" of a computer system, as well as gaining illegal access to or of data.

The bill also defines "computer-related offences" for forgery, fraud, identity theft, cybersex and child pornography.

Spamming as well as "cyber-squatting"—the use of an to mislead consumers, destroy other's reputations or prevent them from using their name—were included in the bill.

The law also punishes libel, Valte said, though asked if this would cover even messages sent on social network websites such as , she added the state would "leave it up to other lawyers to determine".

The bill also calls for the creation of a "Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center" that will implement the law, she said.

Valte did not say what penalties will be imposed for different offences under the new law.

In 2000, two Filipino computer students were accused of releasing the "ILOVEYOU" computer virus that infected computers worldwide, destroying millions of and causing millions of dollars in damage.

However the two suspects could not be charged because there was no law against in the country.

Explore further: LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Internet 'trolls' face being named under new bill

Jun 12, 2012

Websites such as Facebook and Twitter will receive greater protection from lawsuits if they identify internet "trolls" accused of defaming others under a bill being debated in Britain's House of Commons on ...

Philippines sets up climate change fund

Aug 21, 2012

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has signed a law creating a one billion peso (about $24 million) "survival fund" to combat the effects of climate change, a government official said Tuesday.

Online scammers using 'FBI message' to demand money

Aug 09, 2012

The FBI warned computer users on Thursday to ignore a fake message, purportedly from its officers, that freezes people's screens and demands that they pay a fine for visiting inappropriate websites.

Recommended for you

LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

19 hours ago

The career-focused social network LinkedIn announced Friday it has 300 million members, with more than half the total outside the United States.

Researchers uncover likely creator of Bitcoin

Apr 18, 2014

The primary author of the celebrated Bitcoin paper, and therefore probable creator of Bitcoin, is most likely Nick Szabo, a blogger and former George Washington University law professor, according to students ...

White House updating online privacy policy

Apr 18, 2014

A new Obama administration privacy policy out Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites. It also clarifies that ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

People with accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the ...

Airbnb rental site raises $450 mn

Online lodging listings website Airbnb inked a $450 million funding deal with investors led by TPG, a source close to the matter said Friday.

Under some LED bulbs whites aren't 'whiter than white'

For years, companies have been adding whiteners to laundry detergent, paints, plastics, paper and fabrics to make whites look "whiter than white," but now, with a switch away from incandescent and fluorescent lighting, different ...