SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on action in the California Legislature (all times local):
Legislation to explicitly outlaw "ransomware" hacking attacks is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The measure approved Thursday responds to a rapid rise in cases of hackers who block access to a user's electronic data and demand the victim pay a ransom to restore it.
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles paid about $17,000 in bitcoins to hackers who infiltrated its network. Two other Southern California hospitals reported attacks in March.