Senate Bill Aims to Combat International Cybercrime Havens

The US has taken one more step in its war on cybercrime. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, and Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah, introduced the International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act. According to a press release about the legislation, the bill would “enhance America’s leadership and cooperation with other countries to combat cybercrime around the globe.”

This bi-partisan legislation would put pressure on countries without strict laws against cyberattacks. The bill would require the President to name “countries of cyber concern” in order to strategize ways to help these nations crack down on cybercriminal activities. Countries without tough enough regulations would lose American financial support and resources. Consequently, nations with ties to the US would no longer be able to turn a blind eye to cybercrime havens.

The bill has received support from several companies, including Microsoft, eBay, Visa, Mastercard, and Hewlett-Packard. To read more about the proposed legislation, click here.

The introduction of this Senate bill comes a little over a month after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a cybersecurity bill also aimed at protecting the nation from cyberattacks. The legislation passed by the House focuses on education and the recruitment of “cyber warriors” to combat cybercriminals. These measures demonstrate that the US is taking serious steps in the ongoing struggle to protect the nation’s cybersecurity.

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