Legislation Outlawing Malware Used To Ransom Hospitals Gets Support In California
The proposed law would upgrade the use of such ransomware to a felony.
Los Angeles Times:
Why Lawmakers Are Trying To Make Ransomware A Crime In California
Sate legislation to outlaw ransomware is drawing broad support from tech leaders and lawmakers, spurred by an uptick in that type of cybercrime and a series of recent attacks on hospitals in Southern California. The bill, authored by state Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), would update the state’s penal code, making it a felony to knowingly use ransomware, a type of malware or intrusive software that is injected into a computer or network and allows a hacker to hold data hostage until money is paid. (Ulloa, 7/12)