Michigan Cracks Down on Cyber Crime
Lawmakers have addressed the ransomware threat in the past, by making it illegal to execute the form of malware on devices. However, they’ve recently taken it a step further. In Michigan, it is now illegal to be in possession of a ransomware variant. This means, even if it has not been used to infect a device, simply possessing the malicious coding will result in felony charges.
This sounds great — but how effective will it be? First, hackers are criminals, do they don’t exactly care if a new law has been established increasing their punishment. Secondly, cyber criminals often take various steps to cover their digital footprint. Therefore, the likelihood of catching these criminals diminishes significantly. Lastly, cyber attacks are, more often than not, originated overseas. So, will the state extradite the criminal to Michigan to face charges — probably not.
This new law sounds great, but will it work? We would love to hear what you think! Drop a comment below.