N.J. senator targets school Web hackers

WASHINGTON D.C. ‘ U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli, D-N.J., introduced the School Website Protection Act in August, aiming to imprison hackers who disrupt school computers.

The legislation, S 1252, implicates anyone who ‘knowingly causes the transmission of a program, information, code, or command, and as a result of such contact, intentionally affects or impairs without authorization a computer of an elementary school or secondary school or institution of higher education.’

The bill, however, is failing to garner much support on Capitol Hill due in part to the concerns of student-rights advocates and Internet experts who find its potentially expansive scope troubling.