- Associated Press - Friday, January 6, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to strengthen state laws against computer hacking, identity theft and other cybercrimes.

The Democratic governor on Friday also called for the creation of a new “cyber incident response team” to help state agencies prevent and respond to cyberattacks.

The recommendations would enhance the criminal penalties for tampering with a computer or using a computer to steal the identities of large groups of individuals.

The proposals are part of Cuomo’s larger agenda for the year, which he plans to detail in a series of speeches around the state beginning Monday.

Cuomo says computer hacking and cybercriminals represent an “ever-increasing threat” to New York and to the privacy and financial health of citizens.

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