Connecticut legislation classifying ransomware as a felony effective Oct. 1

The use of ransomware for computer extortion is now considered a class E felony in Connecticut, according to The National Law Review.

Under the act (H.B. 7304), which went into effect Oct. 1, cybercriminals who use ransomware may face up to three years in prison, a fine of $3,500 or both.

Previously, computer extortion was prosecuted under state statutes related to computer crimes and the penalties associated with those crimes.

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