Legislation to Combat Cybercrimes Moves Through Senate, Heads to Assembly

Bill Comes as More Californians Work and Live Online During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Thursday, June 25, 2020

(Sacramento) – Senator Chang’s Senate Bill 922 left the California Senate with bipartisan support before moving to the Assembly on Wednesday. SB 922 gives prosecutors the tools to address the growing epidemic of hacking and cybercrimes by reforming the statute of limitations for felony computer hacking. The bill allows for prosecution three years after the date of the discovery rather than the date of the offense.

“In normal times, cybercrimes have become a growing threat to people, businesses and governments,” said Senator Chang. “Today an unprecedented number of Californians have been asked to work and study from home, giving cybercriminals plenty of opportunities to commit cybercrimes leaving a trail of digital destruction costing millions of dollars to businesses and consumers.”

According to the FBI, there are an average of 300,000 cybercrime related complaints filed every year. Apart from being a rampant problem, it is also a costly problem. In 2018, the annual cost of cyberattacks in the United States was $27 million and expected to rise. Unfortunately, the current COVID-19 pandemic has given cybercriminals even more opportunities to take advantage of remote workers and students.

SB 922 will provide recourse for victims of cybercrimes and hold cybercriminals accountable for the trail of digital destruction that is left in their wake.