Ransomware attacks would become felony with Maryland bill

Jared Beinart reports:

Using ransomware to hold computers hostage would draw stiffer penalties under legislation — prompted in part by attacks on Maryland hospitals over the past few years — state lawmakers are considering.


Maryland Senate bill 151, cross-filed with House bill 211, would define ransomware attacks that result in a loss greater than $1,000 as a felony, subject to a fine of up to $100,000 and a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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