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February 10, 2016

Botnet Bill Potentially in the Works From Sheldon Whitehouse

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is looking to draft legislation on the issue of networks of computers infected with malware, known as botnets.

After a Senate Judiciary Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee hearing on the issue Tuesday, the panel chairman told Technocrat that “there’s been some pretty robust work at the staff level that has been done leading up to this hearing,” and that he’s had some “good conversations” with South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, who is ranking Republican on the panel.

“So I think this hearing will kind of help nail down some of the recommendations that we’re kicking around, and try to get agreement,” the Rhode Island Democrat said. “With any luck we could get something perhaps even for the lame duck.”

He added that between now and the November elections, the “floor time is pretty heavily subscribed and I wouldn’t expect to wedge my way into that,” but he said he thought that afterwards, there would be a “real opportunity” to advance “bipartisan, noncontroversial legislation.”

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