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“…a federal crime to visit a website after being told not to visit it”

Last week’s Ninth Circuit case of Facebook v. Vachani is making many observers uneasy. Orin Kerr writes: For those of us worried about broad readings of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the decision is quite troubling. Its reasoning appears to be very broad. Show More Summary

Could Donald Trump Block Hillary Clinton's Campaign From Visiting His Website Via The CFAA?

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In the past few weeks, we've written about two troubling rulings in the 9th Circuit appeals court concerning the CFAA, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. That law, that was literally written in response to Ronald Reagan being freakedShow More Summary

Ninth Circuit Vastly Expands Reach of Federal Anti-Hacking Law

Using the internet just got a bit riskier, thanks to the Ninth Circuit. In two recent rulings, separated by only one week, the Ninth Circuit has greatly expanded the reach of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a federal anti-hacking law from 1989. Under the Ninth Circuit's new interpretation......

Appeals Court: It Violates CFAA For Service To Access Facebook On Behalf Of Users, Because Facebook Sent Cease & Desist

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Another week, another CFAA (Computer Fraud & Abuse Act) ruling out of the 9th Circuit Appeals Court. This time it's the infamous Facebook v. case that's been going on since 2008. When we first came across the case, in early 2009, we insisted that it made no sense. Show More Summary

Should We Prosecute Jenny on Federal Charges?

I’m not saying this is a good decision because it sounds a bit overreaching to say the least. Nonetheless: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has handed down a very important decision on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Facebook v. Vachani, which I flagged just last week. For those of us […]

Sharing Your Netflix Password Is Technically A Federal Crime

On July 5, a federal court in California issued an opinion that if you share your Netflix, HBO Go or any other streaming service password, it is a violation of the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This was based

Netflix Password Sharing – Among Others – Is Now A Federal Crime, Rules Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

A federal court has ruled that sharing your Netflix password – in fact, sharing any password, is a federal crime under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). No, we’re not joking. According to a report from Fortune, the decision, by the U.S. Show More Summary

Netflix, HBO Go & Facebook Password Sharing Is Now a Federal Crime

2 weeks agoEntertainment / Film : MovieWeb

A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling has determined that sharing passwords counts as a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Hacker Involved in ‘Celebgate’ Pleads Guilty, Faces Maximum Five Years in Prison

James Vincent, writing for The Verge: A hacker has pleaded guilty for his role in the “Celebgate” breach of 2014. Edward Majerczyk faces up to five years in federal prison for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Like fellow hacker...Show More Summary

Second Man Behind Phishing of Celebrity iCloud Accounts Pleads Guilty

Edward Majerczyk, a 28-year-old Chicago man who played a role in the phishing of celebrity iCloud accounts in 2014, has signed a plea agreement and agreed to plead guilty to a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, accordingShow More Summary

ACLU files a lawsuit to repeal the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, used to prosecute Aaron Swartz

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The ACLU is suing to repeal parts of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a 1980s-vintage hacking law that makes it a felony to "exceed authorization" on a remote computer, and which companies and the US government have used to prosecute researchers who violated websites' terms of service. (more…)

ACLU sues to kill decades-old hacking law - CNET

3 weeks agoTechnology / Internet : Webware

The advocacy group says the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act makes it hard to investigate websites for bad behavior and potential discrimination.

Does this cybercrime law actually keep us from fighting discrimination?

The case argues the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has a chilling effect on important research.

US Air Force Temporarily Loses Its 12-Year Investigation Records Database

The US Air Force (USAF) temporarily lost all its data on their investigations into fraud, abuse, and everything else down to office disputes, collected since 2004, due to a computer glitch; its recent statement however says that it was able to restore access to the data “through extensive data recovery efforts over the weekend and this week.”

The U.S. Air Force Lost 12 Years Of Investigations Thanks To A Corrupted Computer File

last monthVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

The U.S. Air Force Inspector General tracks all their investigations on fraud, abuse, and everything else down to office disputes in a database maintained by Lockheed Martin. Now it looks like somebody broke it, destroying data collected since 2004. Read more...

Rear Admiral Pleads Guilty in Bribery Scheme That Exposed US Navy Secrets

US Navy Rear Admiral Robert Gilbeau admitted to lying to federal investigators, destroying evidence, and deleting computer files in connection to a probe into a wide-ranging bribery and fraud scheme.

Two charged in cyberfraud against JPMorgan, others plead not guilty

By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two Israeli citizens pleaded not guilty on Thursday to orchestrating a massive computer hacking and fraud scheme that included an attack against JPMorgan Chase & Co and generated hundreds of millions of dollars of illegal profit. Show More Summary

The NFL Twitter Hacker Could Face Criminal Charges

2 months agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

Hackers can face lengthy prison sentences under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

IT Admin Faces Felony for Deleting Files Under Flawed Hacking Law

A sysadmin's hacking charges--for deleting files he had authorized access to--raise new questions for the controversial Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The post IT Admin Faces Felony for Deleting Files Under Flawed Hacking Law appeared first on WIRED.

EFF files Chelsea Manning appeal on hacking conviction

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is serving 35 years in prison, in part due to a conviction under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the overbroad, antiquated statute made notorious by its role in the prosecution of Aaron Swartz. (more…...

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