Committee advances cybercrime bill
- By IDG News Service, Margret Johnston
- Oct 10, 2000
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that allocates more federal
money to agencies that investigate cybercrimes.
The Internet Integrity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, introduced
in May by Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), passed the
The bill would authorize $100 million for the establishment of a National
Cyber Crime Technical Support Center and 10 regional computer forensic laboratories.
This new authorization would complement a bill Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
and Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) have introduced to authorize $25 million for
forensic computer training for state and local law enforcement agencies.
That bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 21.
The Internet Integrity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act would
set aside $5 million for the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual
Property (CCIP) division and raise the profile of the head of the CCIP by
making him or her a deputy assistant attorney general.
The committee amended or deleted many of the tougher legal provisions of
the bill at the behest of Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the committee.
Each of the 50 states has its own computer crime laws, and Leahy said the
bill would have over-federalized minor computer abuses if it remained in
its original form.
The committee also eliminated a proposed change that would have extended
a provision of federal law on computer fraud and abuse to government employees.
Leahy said the proposal was an ill-considered change. The proposal would
have made it a federal crime if a federal employee accidentally allowed
a virus into the system by playing a computer game at work.
The Internet Integrity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act has no
companion bill in the House. There has been speculation that the bill might
be added to the Leahy-DeWine measure to establish a National Cyber Crime
Technical Support Center, but that has not yet occurred, a spokeswoman for