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America's Draconian Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

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America's Draconian Computer Fraud and Abuse Act


It's another Obama police state law.

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by Stephen Lendman

It's an anti-hacking law. It criminalizes accessing computer systems "without authorization." 

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"(E)xceeds authorized access" terminology was left undefined. Misinterpretations and abuse followed. Overzealous prosecutors take full advantage.

In 1984, CFAA was enacted. It was amended numerous times. It's primarily a criminal law. At issue are seven types of offenses. 

They include obtaining national security information, compromising confidentiality, trespassing in a government computer, accessing a system to defraud and/or obtain value, damaging a computer or information therein, trafficking in passwords, and threatening to damage a computer.

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A 1994 amendment permits civil actions. In 2001, Patriot Act provisions addressed computer crime. They require Internet service providers to report suspicious information or activity "without delay."

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