The American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) announced in June that it is challenging the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (“CFAA”), 18 U.S.C. § 1030 (2008). In a suit against the Department of Justice, the ACLU argues that the decades-old anti-hacking law violates the First Amendment by preventing researchers from investigating whether computer programs are being used to discriminate against people by race, age, or gender.Read More...
Archive for the ‘Computer Fraud and Abuse Act’ Category
Flash Digest: News in Brief
By Frederick Ding — Edited by Ken Winterbottom
Supreme Court grants certiorari to Samsung on design patent damages
Justice Department announces indictments of seven Iranians for state-sponsored cyberattacks
Civil liberties group warns of NYC’s newest surveillance network: free public Wi-FiRead More...
Kazakhstan cannot use U.S. injunction to prevent reporting on documents acquired by hacking
By Frederick Ding — Edited by Yaping Zhang
After sensitive documents from the Kazakhstan government were posted online by unknown hackers, Kazakhstan obtained a preliminary injunction from a U.S. federal court, and sought to use it to prevent Respublika, an online newspaper, from reporting on and publishing the documents. The court found that the injunction does not apply to Respublika, which was not involved in the hacking, citing First Amendment free speech principles.Read More...
Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Emma Winer
Third Circuit Vacates Hacker Conviction for Improper Venue
French Unions and Employers Agree to Curb After-Hours Work Email
Limited Sale of Google Glass Slated For April 15Read More...
Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison
By Mark Verstraete – Edited by Thuy Nguyen
On Friday, November 15, 2013, Anonymous affiliated hacktivist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to ten years in prison and three years of supervised release. Hammon was sentenced under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for hacking Texas-based private intelligence firm, Strategic Forecasting. During his supervised release period, Hammond is proscribed from using computer anonymity devices, such as Tor.Read More...