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Cybercrime law in the Senate

Date: November 19, 2007
By: Dan Kaplan

A bipartisan bill that would impose harsher restrictions on cyberattacks and permit identity theft victims to seek financial restitution in federal court is on its way to the U.S. House of Representatives after speedily passing through the Senate Thursday night in a unanimous vote.

The Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2007, which was combined earlier this month with portions of the Cyber Crime Act of 2007, received cross-party blessing and is expected to be introduced in the House after members return from the Thanksgiving break, Tim Bennett, president of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, told today.

“This is a political winner for all parties,” he said. “I'm confident the House will find this bill equally compelling, that this is good public policy.”

This bill allows ID theft victims to recoup costs associated with the loss of time and money spent restoring their credit standing, according to a statement by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa.
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