Media Advisory: Cybercrime Penalties To Be Defined By Legislation

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

February 9, 2016


Aundrea Peterson

House Majority Communications Coordinator

Utah House of Representatives

Cybercrime Penalties To Be Defined By Legislation

SALT LAKE CITY – House Representative David Lifferth is proposing a bill, Cybercrime Amendments (H.B. 225), that will modify the Criminal Code regarding the offense committed by means of electronic or computer functions. This bill defines computer crimes and penalties, reporting violations, false claims that cause alarm, electronic communication harassment, emergency reporting interference and false reports.

H.B. 225 also addresses ‘doxxing’ and ‘swatting’. Doxx, short for dropping documents, is when malicious hackers collect personal and private information then publicly release the information gathered. Swatting an internet prank where cyber criminals hide their identity and call in a serious crime, such as a shooter or hostage situation, on an unsuspecting person while the internet watches in hopes of a SWAT team showing up.

Representative Lifferth, along with Major Brian Redd, Division Director at Utah Department of Public Safety – State Bureau of Investigation will explain how this legislation will address these offenses.


Who:              Representative David Lifferth

   Major Brian Redd

What:            Cybercrime Amendments (H.B. 225)

Where:          Capitol Board Room, 2nd floor, East side of the Capitol Building

When:            Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.