California ransomware bill supported by Hollywood hospital passes committee

Bradley Barth reports:

A proposed California legislation imposing specific penalties for ransomware took a step forward yesterday when the state senate’s Public Safety Committee passed the bill at a hearing that featured testimony from Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC) — a notable victim of the ongoing ransomware epidemic.

The legislation, Senate Bill 1137, would amend California’s penal code making it a crime to knowingly introduce ransomware into a computer or network, with penalties punishable by as much as four years and a $10,000 fine. The law would not preclude prosecuting attorneys from pursuing additional charges under older statutes.

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