Zombies and Botnets

Zombies and Botnets SSL Draft

Summary:

The Act defines a computer "zombie" as a ―computer that, without the knowledge and consent of the computer's owner or operator, has been compromised to give access or control to a program or person other than the computer's owner or operator. " It defines a "botnet" as a "collection of two or more zombies." The Act prohibits people from creating or using zombies and botnets to perform actions such as damaging other computers or collecting personal information about computer users. It permits Internet service providers and people who have suffered losses because of violations of the Act to bring civil actions against people who violate the Act.

Submitted as:
Texas
SB 28

Status: Enacted into law in 2009.

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