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05/18/2020
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Ohio cracks down on cybercrime

Ohio lawmakers voted last week to approve a bill that would expand the state’s definition of what constitutes a cybercrime and increase penalties. The legislation would make attempted hacking a felony-level offense. Current state law only criminalizes successful cyberattacks, which are currently defined broadly as either criminal mischief or unauthorized use of a computer. But House Bill 328 specifically targets the electronic tampering, manipulation or theft of data, defining those acts as felonies punishable by fines and jail time. It would also give Ohioans the ability to sue people convicted of cybercrimes for civil damages. Benjamin Freed reports.


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Newark, New Jersey, taps car dealerships for food delivery

To address a coronavirus-related increase in food insecurity, Newark, New Jersey, is using interactive dashboards to connect local charities with car dealerships for food pickups and drop-offs. Through a partnership with a nonprofit called the Do Good Auto Coalition, the city recently began tracking which neighborhoods receive the most food deliveries per month, which neighborhoods have requested the most assistance and which charities are donating to certain neighborhoods. The partnership connects charities with dealerships to help deliver prescription medicine, food, and other items to seniors, health-care workers and low-income residents. Donations are being tracked with an online dashboard maintained by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s office. Ryan Johnston reports.


Cybersecurity grants could come in defense act

During a webinar last week, Rep. John Katko, the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, said cybersecurity grants for state and local governments could be part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act that Congress needs to approve later this year. That would come as a relief to governors, CIOs and other state officials who pleaded with Congress to include direct support for IT operations as part of the latest pandemic relief bill, which while offering nearly $1 trillion in aid to states and cities, did not include cybersecurity grants. "The money is the issue and it’s just going to continue to be," said Michigan CISO Chris DeRusha. Ben has more.


Enjoy this one from CyberScoop

Gen. Paul Nakasone, the director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command, oversees vast, technical surveillance efforts in the U.S. and abroad, while also commanding a military outfit charged with launching cyberattacks. So emailing random women from an outpost in Syria is probably not on his to-do list. But someone online has been posing as the married father of four to carry out an attempted catfishing scam, CyberScoop's Jeff Stone reports. The intended victims figured out they were being conned before sending any money or sharing personal information. Still, it's a wild read. Read Jeff's story on CyberScoop.


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