BSA urges congress to pass cyber crime legislation

 The Business Software Alliance (BSA) today urged Congress to swiftly enact cyber crime legislation that would update criminal laws to provide law enforcement with much-needed tools to find and prosecute cyber criminals.

BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman said the following in testimony delivered before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security:

This holiday season, Americans will spend as much as $30 billion for their online holiday shopping. But while they are doing so, many will worry that criminals are lurking in cyber space, waiting to steal their money or even their identity. Unfortunately, their concerns are justified

During his testimony, Holleyman said that today’s cyber fraud is increasingly perpetrated by organized crime rings that are motivated by huge profits and equipped to execute very elaborate schemes. He said the ability of law enforcement officials to act against cyber criminals is limited by gaps in existing law.

For too long, cyber criminals have taken advantage of legal blind spots to brazenly threaten online confidence and security.

Holleyman praised the broad bipartisan support in the House and Senate for legislation to update cyber crime laws.  He noted that current proposals in Congress would provide a comprehensive approach to attacking cyber threats by closing loopholes in criminal statutes and stiffening penalties and sanctions to provide for more effective deterrence.
 
Holleyman congratulated Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-TX), Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Ranking Member Randy Forbes (R-VA), and Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), for their leadership in support of cyber crime legislation. He told the committee members that Senate passage of the Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2007 (S. 2168) has created an opportunity for Congress to send legislation to the President soon.Â




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