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2017 House Bill 5257: Make possession of “ransomware” a felony

Public Act 95 of 2018

Introduced by Rep. Brandt Iden (R) on November 29, 2017
To make it a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison to possess “ransomware” software with malicious intent. The bill defines ransomware as “a computer or data contaminant, encryption, or lock” that can be placed or introduced without authorization into a computer or network, and that restricts access in a manner that enables the perpetrator “to demand payment of money or other consideration” to remove it.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Communications and Technology Committee on November 29, 2017
Reported in the House on January 16, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 103 to 3 in the House on January 25, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To make it a crime punishable by up to three years in prison to possess “ransomware” software with malicious intent. The bill defines ransomware as “a computer or data contaminant, encryption, or lock” that can be placed or introduced without authorization into a computer or network, and that restricts access in a manner that enables the perpetrator “to demand payment of money or other consideration” to remove it.
Received in the Senate on January 30, 2018
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 30, 2018
Reported in the Senate on March 8, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the House on March 21, 2018
Passed 106 to 3 in the House on March 22, 2018.
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To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on April 2, 2018

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