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How Section 230 might not help Amazon in the Parler lawsuit

Parler sued Amazon [PDF of complaint] yesterday alleging three things: antitrust violations, breach of contract and tortious interference. Each of these claims relates to Amazon’s decision to kick Parler off of AWS servers. To use Section 230’s language, Amazon took action to “restrict access to or availability of material.” That language comes from Section 230(c)(2), which reads more fully as: No provider . . . of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of . . . any acti...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Chicago, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Ninth Circuit, Said, CFAA, Evan Brown, Section 230, Parler, Malwarebytes Inc, Computer Crime, Enigma Software Group USA LLC


Supreme Court Skeptical About Law That Could Have a Chilling Effect On Security Research

The Supreme Court on Monday expressed skepticism about the sweeping nature of the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, claiming that the cybercrime law — the only one of its kind in the United States — could lead to a slippery slope where average Americans are criminalized for innocuous transgressions like checking…Read more...
Tags: Science, News, Supreme Court, Law, United States, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Security Research, Nathan Van Buren, Cybercrime Law


The Supreme Court will hear its first big CFAA case

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday in a case that could lead to sweeping changes to America’s controversial computer hacking laws — and affecting how millions use their computers and access online services. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was signed into federal law in 1986 and predates the modern internet as we know it, but governs to this day what constitutes hacking — or “unauthorized” access to a computer or network. The controversial law was designed to prosecute hackers, but ...
Tags: Security, Lawsuit, Supreme Court, California, Government, Articles, America, Tech, Georgia, Tesla, Information Technology, United States, Hacking, Internet Security, Computing, Hacker


Can you violate the CFAA by deleting data on your own computer?

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) has a provision that makes it unlawful to “knowingly cause the transmission of a program, information, code, or command, and as a result of such conduct, intentionally cause damage without authorization, to a protected computer.” Can a person violate that provision of the CFAA by deleting data on his or her own computer? A recent federal case answered that question. Plaintiff sued its former chief technology officer under the CFAA after it learned ...
Tags: Law, Chicago, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, CFAA, Evan Brown, Cabral, Brekka, Citrin, Computer Crime, Airport Ctrs LLC, LVRC Holdings LLC, New Touch Digital Inc


CEO of Creepy Face Recognition Firm Clearview AI Says He Has First Amendment Right to Billions of Photos

Hoan Ton-That, the CEO and founder of a face recognition company that he freely admits could help lead to a surveillance “nightmare” and a “dystopian future or something,” says he has a First Amendment right to scrape whatever images he damn well pleases off public websites like Twitter to pad out his company’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Police, Cybersecurity, Law Enforcement, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, Face Recognition, CFAA, Clearview AI, Creepy Face Recognition Firm Clearview


Case shows the surprising narrowness of a key hacking statute definition

Plaintiff sued defendant for violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). For almost 20 years, defendant had worked for a company that developed plaintiff’s proprietary software system. In this capacity, defendant had access to plaintiff’s customer database, accounting system and other confidential information. After leaving the work he was performing for plaintiff, defendant founded his own competing venture.  Defendant moved to dismiss the CFAA claim. The court granted the m...
Tags: Law, Washington, United States, Hacking, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Ninth Circuit, Nguyen, Nosal, CFAA, Seventh Circuit, Citrin, Computer Crime, Cir 2006 Regal West Corporation


WikiLeaks Helped Hackers Rifle Through Stolen Company Emails, Leaked FBI Docs Show

The revelation that U.S. prosecutors have prepared an indictment against Julian Assange, a fact the government inadvertently made public Thursday evening, has again fanned the flames of speculation over what class of crimes he might be charged with should British authorities finally capture and deposit him on American…Read more...
Tags: Science, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act


Proposed Bill Would Legally Allow Cyber Crime Victims to Hack Back

Is it wrong to hack back in order to counter hacking attack when you have become a victim? — this has been a long time debate. While many countries, including the United States, consider hacking back practices as illegal, many security firms and experts believe it as "a terrible idea" and officially "cautions" victims against it, even if they use it as a part of an active defense strategy. [Author: [email protected] (Mohit Kumar)]
Tags: Tech, Cyber Security, United States, Cyber Attack, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Mohit Kumar, Active Cyber Defense Certainty, Cyber security bill, Hacking Back, Revenge Hack


Protecting Your Secrets (Part 2)

Companies have plenty of remedies available against defecting employees who inappropriately use corporate information.
Tags: Law, Advice, Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, CFAA, Noncompetes, Labor / Employment, Defend Trade Secrets Act


Hacking for investor profit

 Just over four years ago, I sat through what still is the most viscerally disturbing information security talk I’ve ever seen. The late Barnaby Jack, a brilliant security researcher, had just demonstrated in front of 300 people how he could wirelessly take control of an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator and cause it to discharge enough electricity to jump a 12 mm spark gap. Read More
Tags: Security, TC, Column, Developer, Tech, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Ethics, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Medical Devices, Muddy Waters LLC, Bug Bounty


Non-Sequiturs: 08.10.16

* "NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Dem Senate candidate and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland: Scalia's death 'happened at a good time.'" [Instapundit] * A Skull and Bones society for top NYC law firms? Professor Rick Swedloff discusses a secretive group whose membership includes some of Biglaw's biggest names. [SSRN] * A notable new petition (filed by Professor Orin Kerr and Marcia Hofmann) in a high-profile appeal about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. [Volokh Conspiracy] * Donald Trump's infamous "Seco...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Ohio, Donald Trump, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Free Speech, First Amendment, Law Schools, Biglaw, Aba, 1st Amendment, Antonin Scalia, Bloomberg View, Noah Feldman


Court: Yes, Sharing Your Netflix Password Is Illegal

Netflix users beware: a federal appeals court ruled last week that sharing passwords to a company’s website violates federal law. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled last week in favor of the government’s use of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to put away David Nosal, a headhunter who left his job at the firm Korn/Ferry to start his own firm. After leaving, Nosal persuaded a former co-worker still employed by Korn/Ferry to share his login credentials for a data...
Tags: News, Sem, Netflix, Password, Illegal, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Ninth Circuit, Korn Ferry, United States Court of Appeals, David Nosal, Nosal, CFAA


I'm Warning You, Don't Read this Article. It's a Federal Crime!

Yes, you heard it right. If I tell you not to visit my website, but you still visit it knowing you are disapproved, you are committing a federal crime, and I have the authority to sue you. Wait! I haven't disapproved you yet. Rather I'm making you aware of a new court decision that may trouble you and could have big implications going forward. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth [Author: [email protected] (Swati Khandelwal)]
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Hacking News, Cyber Security, Facebook security, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Scam, Swati Khandelwal, United States Court of Appeals


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.
Tags: Security, Texas, It, Hacking, Threat Level, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, System Administrator, CFAA, Tor Ekeland


Journalist Matthew Keys sentenced to 2 years in hacking case

 Former Reuters journalist Matthew Keys was sentenced today to two years in prison on hacking charges. He faced a maximum sentence of 25 years. During his sentencing hearing, Keys tweeted, “This whole process has been exhausting.” Keys was convicted of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) last October, in a bizarre case that led to the temporary defacement of a… Read More
Tags: Media, Government, Hack, Hacks, Keys, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Matthew Keys, Reuters, CFAA


The Biggest Cybersecurity Risk Is Not Identity Theft

 What would happen if a hacker edited a major news website to falsely report an anthrax attack in Times Square? Even if the site removed the story within minutes, it already would have been reposted and retweeted thousands of times. The misinformation likely would lead to crowded sidewalks, traffic accidents, overflowing hospitals, a plummeting stock market and other chaos. Read More
Tags: Security, TC, Column, Cybercrime, Hacking, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Times Square


Oops: After Threatening Hacker With 440 Years, Prosecutors Settle for a Misdemeanor

The defense attorney for one young hacker with ties to Anonymous argues prosecutors indicted his client on 44 baseless felony charges as an intimidation and smear tactic. The post Oops: After Threatening Hacker With 440 Years, Prosecutors Settle for a Misdemeanor appeared first on WIRED.
Tags: Anonymous, Hacking, Threat Level, Cyberstalking, Fidel Salinas, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act