Internet cranks and hackers might think twice about targeting schools, and school administrators might receive quicker notification when service providers learn of internet threats involving schools, under terms of proposed legislation discussed at a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 12.

The House bill, which is intended to crack down on computer crimes, would shield internet service providers from lawsuits if they share information pertaining to possible life-threatening situations with school officials or other government authorities. It also could lead to stiffer penalties for computer hackers.

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