Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)

July 19th was a big day in hacker news. First, the Department of Justice announced the arrests of sixteen individuals thought to be associated with Anonymous and LulzSec, the loosely affiliated hacker groups that have...

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Yesterday Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced a data security and privacy bill similar to those he has introduced in the previous three Congresses.  The bill contains provisions that would require businesses to implement data privacy...

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On May 12, 2011, the White House issued a press release and sent a package of legislative proposals to Congress outlining the Administration’s recommendations to enhance protection of the American people, federal systems, and critical...

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Aaron’s, Inc., an Atlanta-based national rent-to-own chain, is alleged to have deployed software on laptops rented by consumer that was used to take pictures and record keystrokes on computers provided to its customers, in violation...

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On April 28, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California dismissed (with leave to amend) a class action complaint alleging that Specific Media, an online ad network, violated consumers’ privacy by...

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In United States v. Nosal, No. 10-10038 (9th Cir. 2011) (.pdf), the Ninth Circuit reinstated Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) charges under 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(4) against employees who obtained information from their employer’s...

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Court Authorizes U.S. Gov’t to Kill Zombies

April 15, 2011 | 1 Comments

Just two days ago on April 12, the United States Government executed an unprecedented (in the U.S.) scheme to shut down one of the more malicious botnets plaguing the Internet.  Coreflood is a distributed network...

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Sony Computer Entertainment America (“SCEA”) has filed a motion to dismiss an amended complaint in the In Re Sony PS3 OTHER OS Litigation, Case No. C 10-1811, pending in the N.D. of California.  The case...

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Numerous news organizations reported yesterday that popular iPhone and Android Application developers received grand jury subpoenas purportedly relating to a criminal investigation into whether the Apps obtained and transmitted User information without proper disclosures.  WSJ’s...

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A recent Cnet News article, “WikiLeaks Fans Should Think Before They Botnet,”  quoted Zwillinger Genetski attorney Jennifer Granick, on botnet denial of service attacks: “Participating in a botnet with the intention of shutting down a...

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