Today the European Parliament has adopted new EU legislation to fight cyber crime, such as large scale cyber attacks. "This is an important step to boost Europe's defences against cyber attacks. Attacks against information systems pose a growing challenge to businesses, governments and citizens alike. Such attacks can cause serious damage and undermine users' confidence in the safety and reliability of the Internet. I am therefore pleased that formal approval has been reached on new rules concerning the definition of criminal offences and the sanctions in the area of cybercrime", said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.