Bill Looks to Hit at Cyber Crime Havens

A bill introduced in the Senate yesterday calls for countries that fail to crack down on cyber criminals within their borders would lose U.S. resources and financial assistance. The bill, the International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act, would require the President to select “countries of cyber concern” and then make plans to help them combat cyber crime.

Any country on the list that failed to meet the standards within the proscribed time period would be subject to U.S. economic sanctions. The bill was sponsored by  Sens. Orrin Hatch, of Utah and Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York. The bill also receiving support from a number of companies including Microsoft, Visa, Mastercard, HP and eBay.

This bill seeks to address one of the principle difficulties in combating cyber crime. Most cyber criminals operate abroad and use the Internet to launch attacks into countries like the U.S. The bill looks to promote greater cooperation between foreign countries and U.S. law enforcement agencies.

The bill would also require the State Department to designate a senior official responsible for coordinating anti-cyber crime efforts internationally, similar to the proposed position the State Department announced earlier this week. It also requires the President to submit annual reports on the state of cyber crime in other countries, how much of the critical infrastructure uses IT and how effective police are in combating cyber crime.

Another cybersecurity bill is on the table as well. Click here to read more

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