In United States v. Anastasio N. Laoutaris, 2018 WL 614943 (5th Cir. Jan. 29, 2018), the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury verdict finding Laoutaris guilty of two counts of computer intrusion causing damage, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(5)(A) and (c)(4)(B)(i) of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Laoutaris … Continue reading Fifth Circuit Upholds CFAA Conviction for Former Employee’s Misuse Causing Damage Based on Circumstantial Evidence
In my newsfeed are articles in prominent publications discussing the problems with the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act from very different perspectives. In the "the CFAA is dangerous for security researchers" corner we have White Hat Hackers and the Internet of Bodies, in Law360, discussing how precarious the CFAA (and presumably, the state hacking laws … Continue reading What do we in the United States really want from our cyber laws?
A federal judge sentenced David Kent to a year and a day in prison and ordered him to pay $3.3 million in restitution and pay a $20,000 fine for accessing the computer network of Rigzone.com, an industry-specific networking website. Kent founded Rigzone.com, sold it for $51 million, and after the sale accessed the company's network to obtain … Continue reading Hacking Into A Company You Sold Can Get You Jail Time
This morning I am doing radio interviews as a Fox News Radio contributor. My topic? The DEFCON Voting Village demonstration of hacking voting machines that have been, or may currently be, used in US elections. Here are a couple of the news stories if you are unfamiliar: Hacking a US electronic voting booth takes less than … Continue reading FUD and Voting Machine Hacking: An Important Point and Important Lesson
Before leaving his employment at Merritt Hawkins & Associates (MHA), Larry Gresham allegedly accessed MHA's computer network and copied 400 of MHA's proprietary files and then deleted hundreds of files in an attempt to hide his activities. A jury found Gresham's actions violated the Harmful Access by Computer Act (HACA), Texas unauthorized access law (i.e., "hacking … Continue reading Fifth Circuit: Employee Taking Data to Work for Competitor Violates Texas Hacking Law