Two bills have been introduced into the New York State Senate that if passed would ban municipalities from paying money demanded by ransomware attackers.

The bills are S7246 introduced, by Sen. Phil Boyle, (R), and S7289, introduced by Sen. David Carlucci (D).

The first bill would make it specifically illegal for local governments to use taxpayer dollars to pay a ransom, while the latter piece of legislation bans the practice entirely.

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