US bill would deny visas, freeze assets of hackers

Jun 06, 2013
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers speaks during a press conference on October 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. A group of lawmakers, including Rogers, proposed legislation Thursday that would deny US entry and freeze the assets of foreign nationals involved in hacking or cybercrimes targeting the United States.

A group of lawmakers proposed legislation Thursday that would deny US entry and freeze the assets of foreign nationals involved in hacking or cybercrimes targeting the United States.

The Cyber Economic Espionage Accountability Act calls US authorities "to bring more criminal cases against offending foreign actors," the lawmakers said in a statement.

The would also ban foreigners participating in cyber crimes from getting visas to enter the United States. If they are US residents, their visa would be revoked and their frozen under the proposal.

"This is a vital step to let China know that there are real consequences to stealing American intellectual property and robbing US ingenuity and innovation in order to gain competitive advantage," said Representative Mike Rogers, one of the sponsors.

"It's happening at an alarming rate. It is one of my top national security concerns," said Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee.

The announcement came on the eve of President 's first summit with new Chinese President Xi Jinping at a secluded California retreat.

The meeting in the desert oasis will focus on testy issues between Washington and Beijing—great power rivalry, claims of cyber spying, trade and currency disputes and North Korea's dangerous nuclear poker.

"This bill will give the president and Congress the power and oversight to deal with foreign cyber espionage in a meaningful way," said Representative Tim Ryan, another sponsor.

"We need to ensure that countries like China and Russia no longer gain a competitive advantage through cyber crimes."

Senator Ron Johnson, who also backed the bill said it would help "enforce penalties for those bad actors," and added that he encourages Obama "to make this a topic of discussion with Chinese Xi Jinping tomorrow."

Explore further: Google offers peek into Bhutan with Street View launch

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Obama to confront Xi on cyber spying

Jun 05, 2013

President Barack Obama will tell Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that he must deal with cyber spying and hacking of US targets that originate inside his country when they meet for talks this week.

Chinese economic spying 'intolerable': US lawmaker

Oct 04, 2011

A US lawmaker said on Tuesday that Chinese economic espionage, including cyber spying, has reached an "intolerable level" and called for the United States and its allies to confront Beijing.

US is target of massive cyber-espionage: report

Feb 11, 2013

The US intelligence community has concluded that America is the target of a massive cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening its competitiveness, The Washington Post reported.

Recommended for you

Some online shoppers pay more than others, study shows

15 minutes ago

Internet users regularly receive all kinds of personalized content, from Google search results to product recommendations on Amazon. This is thanks to the complex algorithms that produce results based on users' profiles and ...

Twitter looks to weave into more mobile apps

21 hours ago

Twitter on Wednesday set out to weave itself into mobile applications with a free "Fabric" platform to help developers build better programs and make more money.

Google unveils app for managing Gmail inboxes

23 hours ago

Google is introducing an application designed to make it easier for its Gmail users to find and manage important information that can often become buried in their inboxes.

Fighting cyber-crime one app at a time

Oct 22, 2014

This summer Victoria University of Wellington will be home to four Singaporean students researching cyber threats. The students have been working with Dr Ian Welch, a lecturer in Victoria's School of Engineering and Computer ...

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

freethinking
1 / 5 (1) Jun 06, 2013
Why are they always targeting legal immigrants those that go through the process to get visas? If I was a hacker/terrorist/drug dealer/ criminal and I wanted to get into the USA, I would do so through the Mexican border.Go after the criminals and the illegals who cross the border every day.

Woops..... can't do that, criminal aliens are a protected class.
freethinking
1 / 5 (1) Jun 07, 2013
Hezbollah Progressives Like Obama use the IRS, DOJ, DOE, DEA, EPA to attack their enemies.
Hezbollah Progressives on this board use sockpuppets toot, open, 8ball, etc. to attack their enemies.

Thing is Hezbollah Progressives, the truth is the truth, freedom is freedom, honor is honor. Those that have truth and honor and want freedom do not resort to lies, deceit, deception, shouting down those they don't like, voting often (even if dead), bullying.

Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Sanger, would be proud of you for standing and promoting the cause of tyranny.