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Sen. Schatz’ bipartisan bill to combat cybercrime signed into law by President Biden

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Sen. Schatz’ bipartisan bill to combat cybercrime signed into law by President Biden

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US Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) authored the Better Cybercrime Metrics Act that gives law enforcement more tools to combat the growing problem of cybercrime.

Today, President Joe Biden signed into law the Better Cybercrime Metrics Act, authored by Hawaiʻi Senator Brian Schatz, that will help fight cybercrime and keep people safe from online scams.

The bipartisan bill, which is supported by several national police organizations, will improve data collection on cybercrimes and give law enforcement and policy makers more tools to combat cybercrime in the United States.

“By collecting data on how often, when and where cyberattacks are happening, our bipartisan bill will better protect people in Hawai‘i from online crimes like those against our transit and water systems in Honolulu; help us support victims of online crimes; and give us more tools to go after the criminals who perpetrate them,” Sen. Schatz said.

In December, cyberattacks against Honolulu’s TheBus and Handi-Van’s public transit systems and the Board of Water Supply left passengers without rides and employees with their personal data exposed.

Recent data from the FBI estimates cybercrimes cost Hawai‘i residents $17.2 million in 2021. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are targets of cybercrime incidents that cost billions of dollars. Whether done through online scams and fraud, corporate data breaches or ransomware attacks, the cost of cybercrime has been increasing…

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