The Supreme Court handed down its first major decision construing the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act last week. The decision is a major victory for those of us who favor a narrow reading of the CFAA. It doesn't answer everything. But it answers a lot.
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The arguments about the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act focused on the statute’s text and purpose—and some interesting hypotheticals.
Some U.S. Attorneys and state attorneys general have threatened to impose criminal charges on “zoom-bombers.” What are the possible statutory bases for prosecution?
On July 29, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington filed a criminal complaint against Paige A. Thompson for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by hacking into protected computers belonging to Capital One. The complete charging document is available here and below.
This article, originally presented to the Cross-Border Data Forum, expands upon arguments first set forth by the authors in “Flat Light: Data Protection for the Disoriented, From Policy to Practice,” The Hoover Institution, November 20, 2018.
Julian Assange had to be the worst houseguest an embassy ever encountered.
On Thursday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed a March 6, 2018 indictment charging Julian Assange, the founder head of WikiLeaks, for conspiring to commit computer intrusions by assisting Chelsea Manning with breaking a U.S. government password. The grand jury charged violations of 18 U.S.C.
Despite appearances, there is some important bipartisan work afoot on Capitol Hill. On Aug. 1, Sens. Mark Warner, Cory Gardner, Ron Wyden and Steve Daines dropped the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvements Act of 2017. The bill seeks to use the federal government’s purchasing power to drive much-needed cybersecurity improvements in internet-connected devices.
Is It A Crime?: Russian Election Meddling and Accomplice Liability Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
There’s been a lot of bad news for the Trump team this week. Shocking revelations regarding a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort and someone they believed to be a representative of the Russian government currently dominate headlines.
Most of the speculation about possible crimes that might have been committed has centered on possible violations of campaign finance law. But another recent story highlights a different possible form of criminal liability: violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.