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Cyber Crime

Utah considers updating laws to address cybercrime

A Utah lawmaker wants people who hack into computers running key infrastructure such as traffic lights and water treatment facilities to face years in prison.

There have been more of these types of hacking incidents in the last few years in the state, said Major Brian Redd of the State Bureau of Investigation. This is a result of technology becoming more advanced and many more infrastructure systems linking to the Internet, he said.

Eagle Mountain Republican Rep. David Lifferth, who introduced the plan, said in a news conference on Thursday that the current law is outdated, so it doesn't reflect the types of cybercrime happening today.

The current punishment for...