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New cybercrime laws proposed

Date: October 24, 2007
By: Marcia Savage

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate Monday would boost cybercrime laws and ban the creation of botnets.

Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Joseph Biden, Jr. (D-Delaware) introduced the Cybercrime Act of 2007 to update existing laws and close what they say are loopholes that online criminals can exploit.

For example, they said, felony provisions that outlaw damaging a computer network apply only if a cybercriminal causes more than $5,000 worth of damage in any given year. If an attacker damages 1,500 PCs, law enforcement is faced with the challenge of identifying all the victims to prove the total damage is more than $5,000. Their legislation would provide law enforcement officials with the alternative of proving a cybercriminal damaged 10 or more computers.
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