HB 2678 – Cybercrime

February 8, 2018
HB 2678 was approved by the House of Representatives today by a strong bipartisan vote – 97-1. It now goes to the Senate for consideration with 28 days left to go in the 2018 legislative session.

Watch my floor speech below.

February 6, 2018
HB 2678 was pulled to the floor calendar. This means it could receive a vote of the full House of Representatives as early as tomorrow.

February 1, 2018
HB 2678 is scheduled for executive session in the House Public Safety committee.

UPDATE: HB 2678 was approved by the House Public Safety committee and now waits in the Rules committee for a potential vote by the full House of Representatives.

January 23, 2018
HB 2678 had a public hearing in the House Public Safety committee. You can watch my testimony below on why this legislation is needed to protect Washington consumers.


January 12, 2018
As is often the case, new technologies come online much faster than new laws. So when new technologies are developed that aid in criminal activities, it is imperative that new laws catch up with the new technologies that can be used to hurt people.

More and more household appliances can now be connected to internet networks. First our phones became mini computers, now everyday items including cars, refrigerators and even light bulbs are part of the Internet of Things.

The cybercrime bill I proposed this session is long overdue. This bill will provide enhanced privacy and security for Washington residents by expanding the scope of these crimes: Computer Trespass, Electronic Data Tampering, and Spoofing.

Specifically, this bill would ensure that the definition of “computer” is broadened to include all electronic devices that perform logical, arithmetic, or memory functions by manipulating electronic or magnetic impulses, and also includes all equipment related to the computer in a system or network.

This also includes telecommunication or mobile devices that access a network.

This bill similarly broadens the legal definitions of terms like “Malware”, “Spoofing”, and even “Computer software” to ensure they accurately reflect modern technology.