Lock ‘Em Up And Throw Away The Key: Queen Warns Off Hackers In Speech

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, announced new plans for cyber criminals in this week’s Queen’s Speech.

The background

On Wednesday the Queen opened Parliament for the year. If you live outside the UK, you might not know too much about this rather pompous, traditional role by Her Majesty. So, put simply…

The day starts with The Yeoman Guard checking the cellars of Parliament to ensure we don’t get a re-run of Guy Fawkes. All of London Comes to a standstill. The entire army goes on patrol wearing funny shaped hats, and Horse Guards demonstrate their riding skills. The Queen arrives at Parliament in a snazzy, air conditioned, electric windowed coach; to be marched into the House of Lords and seated on an almightily golden thrown. She wears the Imperial State Crown and robes, and places herself right in the middle. Following this, a man called Black Rod bangs a stick on the door to the House of Commons, summons the MPs to listen to the Queen and gets heckled by some old guy in the process. Everyone joins together, they all enjoy themselves and sit quietly while the Queens reels off the political agenda for the next year.

This year, not part of the tradition, a Page Boy fainted, a loud ‘thud’ can be heard during the speech – but Her Majesty acts professional.

You can see the big deal…

Life behind bars

It seems, in this year’s speech, the Queen and her government want to get tough on cyber criminals. The UK government has proposed it should hand out life sentences to guilty cyber criminals that cause catastrophic effect to life of national security.

Any cyber criminal that carries out any “cyberattacks which result in loss of life, serious illness or injury or serious damage to national security, or a significant risk thereof” would face life behind bars, due to a new Serious Crime bill.

The Computer Misuse Act 1990 would also be updated to hand out harsher punishments to those found guilty of industrial espionage.

Currently, the Computer Misuse Act is only allows a maximum of 10 years, but is going to be increased to 14.

Such serious crime bills currently don’t exist in the UK, and definitely aren’t as stringent as this. Hacker’s you’ve been warned by Her Majesty…

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