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For victims in California, a ransomware attack may soon be the digital equivalent of a stickup. If Governor Jerry Brown approves the legislation known as S.B. 1137, ransomware will be considered a form of felony, with a penalty of two to four years in prison.
Whether you live in California or not, though, if you're unlucky enough to experience a ransomware incident, the first call you need to make is to Xantrion. The second is to the FBI, which is actively building its database of information about ransomware attacks in an attempt to both fight and prosecute them. Contact them immediately and provide as much detail as possible, including Bitcoin wallet address, the hashtag of the malware, or a copy of any email correspondence you have about the extortion attempt. Any small piece of information might help them prevent the next incident.