Computer trespass; adds spyware to crimes. (HB2353)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake) with support from co-patrons Del. Joe May (R-Leesburg), and Del. Dave Nutter (R-Christiansburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Computer trespass; spyware; penalty. Adds keyboard loggers and bots and zombies to the list of computer trespass crimes. The bill makes it a Class 6 felony for a person to install or cause to be installed, or collect information through, software capable of recording all or a majority of the keystrokes on the computer of another. The bill also makes it a crime to install or cause to be installed on the computer of another, computer software that takes control of that computer. The bill adds a provision that enhances a violation of 18.2-152.4 to a Class 6 felony if a person installs software, in violation of the section, on more than five computers of another. Read the Bill »


03/19/2007: signed by governor


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 075707162
01/09/2007Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/12/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2353)
01/29/2007Reported from Science and Technology (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2007Read first time
02/01/2007Read second time and engrossed
02/02/2007Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/02/2007Communicated to Senate
02/05/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/2007Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2007Motion to reconsider Passed by for the day agreed to (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Passed by for the day
02/21/2007Read third time
02/21/2007Reading of amendment waived
02/21/2007Committee amendment agreed to
02/21/2007Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/21/2007Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N)
02/21/2007VOTE: (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2007Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/2007Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007Placed on Calendar
02/22/2007Senate amendment agreed to by House (91-Y 0-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (91-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2353ER)
03/08/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2353ER)
03/08/2007Signed by Speaker
03/11/2007Signed by President
03/12/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2353ER)
03/19/2007G Approved by Governor-Chapter 483 (effective 7/1/07)
03/27/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0483)