Reaching its 30th anniversary of reaching royal assent, a group of cybersecurity organisations have issued an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, asking for an update to the Computer Misuse Act (CMA) to make it fit for the digital age.
“In 1990, when the CMA became law, only 0.5% of the UK population used the internet, and the concept of cybersecurity and threat intelligence research did not yet exist,” the letter read. “Now, 30 years on, the CMA is the central regime governing cybercrime in the UK despite being originally designed to protect telephone exchanges. This means that the CMA inadvertently criminalizes a large proportion of modern cyber-defense practices.”
Source: Infosecurity Magazine