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Ransomware now punishable as extortion in California

05
Jan
2017
Ransomware now punishable as extortion in California

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January 1 marked an important day in cybercrime penalties in California, as Senate Bill 1137 signed in September 2016 by Gov. Jerry Brown was finally enforced.

Under the bill, any criminal who infects a computer, system or network with ransomware could face up to four years in state prison. Because ransomware is a form of extortion, it will be punished as such. Wyoming passed a similar bill in 2014.

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