HARRISBURG – A measure is being drafted to protect the Commonwealth from ransomware attacks. The proposal will ensure that state agencies will have strong capabilities in place to discourage, combat, and recover from ransomware attacks. York County Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill is sponsoring the legislation which will discourage ransomware attacks by reducing financial incentives for extortion by shortening the duration of disruption in agency services and by expanding prohibited acts subject to criminal prosecution. Since the beginning of COVID-19, there’s been a 47% increase in the severity of ransomware attacks.