According to Bitcoinist, Democratic Senator Susan C. Lee of Maryland introduced Bill SB30, which makes it illegal to own ransomware. The purpose of the bill is to make malware illegal, but it does not harm security researchers who study malware. This may seem strange, but Maryland is one of the few states in the United States to prepare for the threat of ransomware or crypto hijacking malware. Susan C. Lee paid particular attention to the wording of the bill to protect cybersecurity researchers who study and fight malware attacks from prosecution. Although passing a law alone will not stop the crypto attack itself, it will provide state prosecutors with another tool that can be used to put criminals in jail once arrested.