Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) introduced a bill that would protect individual privacy by cracking down on websites that assist in the solicitation of a hacker to illegally access a computer network or smartphone.
“As one of the countless victims of identity theft, I am concerned by the growing number of these Hacker-for-Hire websites that encourage people to commit cybercrimes,” said Assemblymember Chau. “AB 195 seeks to ensure that the services being advertised are legitimate by making it a crime to assist in the solicitation of a hacker for illegal activities.”
Hacker-for-Hire websites provide a way for individuals to solicit hackers for projects ranging from recovering lost passwords to tracking stolen devices. However, some of these websites also provide a platform for individuals seeking illegal hacking services from less than ethical hackers, such as installing spyware on devices and gaining access to the email and social media accounts of unsuspecting victims. Under current law, it is a crime for someone to knowingly hack into another’s computer network without permission. It is also a crime to solicit another to commit certain crimes, such as extortion, and robbery, among others. AB 195 would add soliciting unauthorized hacking services to the list of crimes.
“At a time when cyber security is becoming a growing issue of concern in our society, some of these sites are promoting a culture in which people are connecting with cybercriminals to commit illegal activities,” concluded Assemblymember Chau.
Assemblymember Ed Chau represents the 49th Assembly District, comprised of the communities of Alhambra, Arcadia, El Monte, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Temple City and portions of Montebello, and South El Monte.