Cybercriminals may face stiffer penalties

Computer criminals would face increased penalties, and Internet users would face greater surveillance by access providers, under a bill approved Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee.
Spurred by worries about electronic terrorism, a dramatic increase in computer viruses and other Internet intrusions, the panel approved a bill that seeks to better coordinate efforts to fight cybercrime while increasing recommended sentences for those found guilty.
Under current law, punishment for cybercrimes are based on the economic damage done, which often results in little or no jail time.