The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Senate has passed legislation that would allow law enforcement to go after a much larger percentage of modern online crime. Specifically, it will:
- remove the requirement that each affected individual must have suffered at least $5,000 in damages
- "make it a felony to install spyware or keystroke-monitoring programs on 10 or more computers regardless of the amount of damage caused"
- give identity theft victims the ability to seek restitution
- criminalize attempts to extort companies by threatening to publish stolen information