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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#1852 California law makes ransomware use illegal
It was nice to see the calendar turn over to 2017, for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that on Jan. 1 a new law went into effect in California that outlaws the use of ransomware.

The idea of needing a new law to make a form of hacking illegal may seem counterintuitive, but ransomware is a case of criminals outflanking the existing laws. Ransomware emerged in a big way a few years ago and the law enforcement community was not prepared for the explosion of infections. While there have been takedowns of ransomware gangs, they often involve charges of money laundering or other crimes, not the installation of the ransomware itself.

In September, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that made the use of ransomware a crime, essentially a form of extortion. The law went into effect on Jan. 1.
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#1853 Android was 2016's most vulnerable product and Oracle with the most security bugs
#1852 California law makes ransomware use illegal
#1851 Google patches 29 critical Android vulnerabilities including holes in Mediaserver, Qualcomm
#1850 This ransomware targets HR departments with fake job applications
#1849 Exposed MongoDB installs being erased, held for ransom
#1848 State of the web 2016 (PDF)
#1847 Koolova ransomware decrypts for free if you read two articles about ransomware
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