A Cybercrime Flashback: The Morris Worm Case Read more

A Cybercrime Flashback: The Morris Worm Case

Going back on a trip down memory lane… back when cyber criminals did short jail sentences followed by lucrative consulting gigs.  Times have changed and now hackers that are caught generally get longer sentences and are banned from working with computers.  In any event, Mr. Morris was convicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act […]

The CFAA And Employee Computer Access Read more

The CFAA And Employee Computer Access

Can an employee appropriate his employer’s files for personal benefit while employed?  The Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit thinks so… Well at least in the context of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.  This act is about exceeding authorized access.  If the employee has authorized access but chooses to use that access to […]

Automattic’s Victory – Will it Deter DMCA Abuse? Read more

Automattic’s Victory – Will it Deter DMCA Abuse?

Automattic is the owner of WordPress.com, the popular blogging and website development software.  Some time ago, Automattic sued two parties for using the notice-and-takedown provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) to silence criticism. According to the Automattic Complaint, the parties abused the provision and were liable for damages under 17 U.S.C. § 512(f) for […]