New Law of California makes ransomware usage a serious crime!

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California has brought in a new law from this January 1st, 2017 which says that use of ransomware a ‘Crime’ that could lead hackers to a four years imprisonment and in some case more serious consequences.

In September last year, Jerry Brown the Governor of California drafted a new bill which made the use of ransomware a heinous crime, as it is also a form of extortion. The bill was made into the law on the first day of this month.

So, all those who are found guilty on these charges will have to face serious punishment based on these charges.

As per the new legislation, the perpetrators of ransomware will face serious charges for extorting ransom and causing mental agony to individual/group. When found guilty, the cyber crook will be prosecuted seriously, irrespective of the motive of spreading the malicious software.

Last month, IBM Security’s X-Force released infographics that showed 70 percent of businesses infected by ransomware have paid the demanded sum. And twenty percent of those companies have paid more than $40,000 in ransom.

Jerry Brown is also in a mindset to make this law be followed in the whole of United States. So, he will meet US President Donald Trump on this note in March this year and will officially spread the word to him on this issue.

If the law gets a national status, then all those who are found guilty will be prosecuted under the latest law. The execution stage may also turn serious if the criminal offense is miserably high.

Hence, all those who are spreading all new FireCrypt Ransomware, Merry Christmas Ransomware, Petya Ransomware, and DeriaLock Ransomware please beware of the situation.

You may not be a safe haven anymore!

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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