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Federal Law Includes Identity Theft Provisions

A bill (S. 2168) that would increase penalties for identity theft and fraud was included in another bill (H.R. 5938) designed to provide security details for U.S. vice presidents. That measure became P.L. 110-326. The law allows consumers to sue identity thieves and recover damages based on the time and money spent recovering from the theft. The measure would also make it a felony to use spyware or keyloggers to damage 10 or more computers regardless of the amount of damage caused by the hacker.