New Bill About to Pass in Indiana Focusing on Cyber Crime

Indiana Works to Pass Cyber Crime Bill

We recently discussed the law enforcement’s actions towards cyber criminals, or lack thereof.  Understandably, it is difficult to track down cyber criminals overseas.  It is also understandable that it may be increasingly difficult due to the effort the hackers put into covering their tracks.  However, they are still criminals, and should still be pursued.

Indiana is in the midst of passing a bill focusing on cyber criminals who successfully execute a malware attack.  The current law is to charge a hacker with unauthorized access to a computer, which is misdemeanor.  Under the new proposed bill, the charge will remain the same; however, it will now carry the weight of a Level 6 felony.  Assuming the Senate passes the bill, the charge will be punishable by six months to two and a half years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.  If the malware attack locks the computer or files, like a ransomware attack, or causes damages of over $50,000 the charge is changed to a Level 5 felony.  According to Bleeping Computer, the Level 5 felony is punishable with one to six years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

It is nice to see another state working towards passing a bill specific for cyber crimes.  However, hackers need to be caught before they can be punished, which seems to be the bigger obstacle.

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One thought on “New Bill About to Pass in Indiana Focusing on Cyber Crime

  1. Hello Everyone, For every cyber crime committed there is less than a 1% chance of the culprit or culprits being caught. What happens when the culprit is the government of a country, especially our own? Another seemingly useless law which makes the right wing of a state get an erection. If the people not being harmed live in that state, unlikely but possible. or those being harmed only in that state with no one being caught whom does this particular protect?

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