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Computer Activists Take Over Sentencing Commission Website

Posted in Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Legislation

Anonymous, the aptly named anonymous collective of hackers, hacked into the United States Sentencing Commission’s website on January 23 to protest the government’s prosecution of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last month. The group initially hacked the site on Friday January 22, replacing the contents of the site with its own video. In the video, which has since been … Continue Reading

Activist’s Death May Spur Legislative Changes To The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Posted in Computer Fraud, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Data Theft, Legislation

By Jessica Mendelson and Robert Milligan

The death of Aaron Swartz, a well-known coder, entrepreneur and political activist, has resulted in increased scrutiny of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), a law some condemn as arcane and draconian but supported by others as necessary to combat illegal hacking and data theft.

Mr. Swartz helped to create RSS, a … Continue Reading