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Pirates and ID thieves beware

Date: June 08, 2007
Source: SecurityFocus

The U.S. House of Representatives passed on Wednesday a second bill aimed at restricting the actions of spyware purveyors and online data thieves, but many government and industry executives have argued that more regulations are not necessary.

The bill, whose full title is the Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass (SPY) Act (H.R. 964), would levy harsh penalties against those people or companies that use software to take control of a person's computer to send spam, leak information, or create a bot net, or that modifies the computer's settings. The act is the second piece of anti-spyware legislation to pass the House in the last month -- in late May, legislators gave the go-ahead to the Internet Spyware Prevention (I-SPY) Act. Both bills are now headed for the Senate.
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