According to a report in AllAfrica.com out today, Nigeria is considering criminalizing Cybersqautting.
“”Cybersquatting is the registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad-faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else.””
The bill also makes “Data interference” a criminal offense.
Data Interference is the “damaging, deletion, alteration and suppression of data within computer systems or networks, including data transfer from a computer system by any other person without authority” and under the bill is punishable with imprisonment of term of not less than 5 years or fine of not less N5 million.
“If the offence is committed by infringing security measures or is against critical infrastructure or for the purpose of terrorism, the punishment shall be imprisonment for a term not less than 7 years or a fine of not less than N10 million or both. ”
$1 Million Nigeria is less than a $1K USD so its certainly well below the $100,000 USD provided under the U.S. Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) of 1999.
However making such conduct criminal is another matter entirely.