Timeliness of the new EU directive on attacks against information systems

In recent years, the number of attacks against information systems (IT systems) – otherwise known as illegal entry into or tampering with information systems - has risen steadily in Europe. Moreover, hitherto unknown large-scale and dangerous attacks against the information systems of companies, such as banks, the public sector and even the military, have been observed in Member States and other countries. New concerns have emerged, such as the massive spread of malware creating 'botnets' - networks of infected computers that can be remotely controlled to stage large-scale, coordinated attacks.

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