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S. 2943: Ransom Disclosure Act

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There are no firm numbers on the number of ransoms, nor the total payouts.


“Ransomware” technology hacks or blocks a company’s business account or a user’s personal account until a ransom is paid, often demanded in untraceable cryptocurrency.

A particularly prominent example this year was May’s cyberhacking of Colonial Pipeline, which resulted in gas shortages across the U.S.. Even though only its billing software was affected, Colonial shut down its pipeline and CEO Joseph Blount authorized a $4.4 million ransomware payment.

In May, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a security directive requiring pipeline owners and operators to report ransomware attacks, while that same month President Joe Biden issued an executive order requiring the same of government contractors. But overall, we don’t know how often ransomware attacks …

Sponsor and status

Elizabeth Warren

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Massachusetts. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Oct 6, 2021
Length: 5 pages
Oct 6, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Oct 6, 2021

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2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Oct 6, 2021

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S. 2943 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2943. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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