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The number of prosecutions under the UK's computer hacking laws may have declined over recent years, according to the latest available government figures. The number of prosecutions under the Computer Misuse Act came in a written Parliamentary answer by Crispin Blunt, prisons minister at the Ministry of Justice, in response to a …

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Any news on them trying British citizens in the UK?

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Maybe

they are just getting better at not getting caught?

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Evolution?

Perhaps because the inept ones have now mostly been arrested, and the good ones aren't going to get caught? So now all they're arresting are the new crop of inept ones that get started each year?

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There will be more

With the clueless hackers that exist there will be plenty more prosecutions as these troubled children search for a prison cell to call home.

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Meh

yebbut

the latest figures are from 2 years ago, so really this means nothing. "Hacking" prosecutions have almost certainly risen again over the last couple of years, as the activities of Anonymous and others have raised the public profile, and therefore the supposed seriousness of the crimes.

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But why?

Does this mean the black hats are giving up, or that the black hats are winning?

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Well, obviously...

now they just arrest the alleged 'hackers', pop a sack over their head and put them on the first plane to the Guantanamo Bay holiday camp.

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Presumably this means...

...either potential hackers have been scared off by all the recent bad publicity or they've heeded its warning and now only engage in nefarious activities by first encrypting their data which is then sent on its way by a string of successive anonymous servers located in hard-to-get places.

From the number of brazen hacks and attacks in recent years, it would be safe to bet on the latter.

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Re: Presumably this means...

"In addition the figures supplied provide no breakdown on the number of UK computer hacking prosecutions that actually resulted in a conviction. "

Or that the cases have been a bit too loose and either thrown out, dropped or found not to be hacking after all. As 'hacking' has become more closeley defined it's a lot harder just to point and accuse.

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Or just maybe...

...the UK prosecutors are trying to make sure they have an iron-clad case against people BEFORE they announce people's names...unlike the dimbulbs in the US Department of Justice...who have had more egg on their collective faces in recent years than Humpty Dumpty's King's Horses & King's Men.

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In related news

UK extraditions to the US up 500%, cameron to sign new treaty where "not buying enough Disney DVD's despite having kids" and "knowing about computers and stuff" deemed reasonable grounds for expedited deportation to the states.

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Re: In related news

Exactly - the UK is outsourcing prosecutions to the US.

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Obviously a huge success...

At the next parliamentary session Da Gov. will announce a "more than 60% cut in hacking", laud it as a huge success for Da Gov, The Computer Misuse Act and the Police, despite all the cut backs.

This will fact", of course, be the headline across all of the media.

Meanwhile, 15 paragraphs down, it will be pointed out that this does not mean we all are now safe from hackers/trojans/viruses and should still take care. But Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms Avergage User will just remember the headline.

Zombie apocolypse here we come...

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The figures mean zilch or diddly squat because all you have to do is stop prosecuting for a while and the figures drop then you announce in a fan fare that the counter measures are working backed up by a significant drop in figures.

More political mutton dressed as lamb.

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