Tag Archives: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Is The Hutchins Indictment Over Malware Unconstitutional?

By Alex Berengaut [This article also was published in Law360.] In May 2017, the “WannaCry” malware was used to launch a worldwide ransomware cyberattack. WannaCry encrypted files on victim computers and demanded a ransom payable in bitcoin to provide the encryption key. The attack was stopped when a British security researcher, Marcus Hutchins, accidentally discovered … Continue Reading

President Obama to Release Cybersecurity Proposal

President Obama plans to continue his focus on privacy and data security today with an announcement of cybersecurity-related proposals. In remarks scheduled for later today at the National Cybersecurity Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), President Obama will announce an updated cybersecurity legislative proposal, which would encourage the private sector to quickly share cyberthreat information with NCCIC.  … Continue Reading

Federal Court Finds No Violation of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Where Former Employee Violates Company Policy on Accessing Proprietary Information

In WEC Carolina Energy Solutions LLC v. Miller, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently ruled that a former employee could not be held liable under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), where he lawfully downloaded confidential information from his employer’s computer network and soon thereafter used that information in connection with his … Continue Reading
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