|Posted:||May 18, 2018 02:40 PM|
|From:||Senator Thomas J. McGarrigle|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Concerning Computer Extortion by Use of Ransomware|
|In the near future I plan on introducing legislation to create a third class felony offense for computer extortion involving ransomware.
Last year the FBI registered that Internet fraudsters targeted Pennsylvanian’s at least 11,300 times for $36.3 million. Most of these were affected by a ransomware attack, which is when a hacker locks a victim’s data and promises to release it after a ransom is paid. Currently, there is no law in Pennsylvania that prohibits this from occurring.
Under my legislation the actions punishable by law include introducing ransomware into a computer, computer system, or computer network and demanding payment to:
Introduced as SB1228