Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH) commended the House for passing legislation containing important cyber-security provisions aimed at deterring identity theft and other cyber-crimes. The legislation, passed by the House last night, H.R. 5938, was amended in the Senate to include provisions similar to those introduced last year by Chabot and Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA).
"Technology has brought with it a new type of criminal, one that can infiltrate our homes, businesses and lives with just the click of a mouse," Chabot stated. "This legislation will help update the criminal code to properly address the sophistication of these cyber-crimes."
The cyber-security provisions contained in the bill are intended to prevent cyber extortion, identity theft and other computer-related crimes. The legislation expands the prosecution of criminals involved in computer fraud, makes it a felony to damage 10 or more protected computers in a year, imposes new penalties for conspiracy to commit computer fraud and requires individuals convicted of identity theft to pay restitution to their victims.
The original Cyber-Security Enhancement Act of 2007 (H.R. 2290) was introduced by Congressman Chabot and Congressman Schiff in May 2007.