Tag Archives: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act


Posted 12 months ago in The Internet & The Law Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
TV Mom Kate Gosselin Sues Ex for Computer Hacking

Maybe the next show will be called “Jon & Kate Plus 9,” to account for eight children and a lawsuit. Reality TV mom Kate Gosselin is suing her ex, Jon Gosselin as well as a tabloid reporter, alleging that the pair teamed up to hack into her personal accounts and steal a trove of data to use as sensationalist book fodder. In happier days, the pair’s parenting travails were made public on the TLC show “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” …

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Posted 2 years ago in Crime Government Internet Law by Josh Crank  
U.S. Attorney Under Fire for Swartz Suicide

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz faces a formal congressional investigation and calls for her resignation over the prosecution of Aaron Swartz, an Internet pioneer and activist who committed suicide earlier this month. Ortiz’s critics accuse her of prosecutorial overreach for heaping multiple felony charges on Swartz, who was accused of downloading millions of academic articles with the intent to distribute them online at no cost. The charges against Swartz carried a maximum sentence of more than 50 years in prison and …

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Posted 2 years ago in Crime Internet Law by Aaron Kase  
Feds Hound Internet Pioneer to Suicide for File Downloads

Facing relentless prosecutors who pressed 13 charges carrying up to 35 years in prison and millions in fines, Internet trailblazer Aaron Swartz committed suicide this weekend. ”He was killed by the government,” his father said to mourners at his son’s funeral in suburban Chicago. “Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law Internet Law Social Networks by Josh Crank  
Online Impersonators Face Charges in Wake of Sandy Hook

With the speed and convenience of social media, it takes minimal time and effort to perpetrate a hoax online. But Internet pranksters may want to think twice before making their next fraudulent post, now that state and federal authorities in Connecticut have raised the possibility of criminal charges against those who impersonated Sandy Hook Elementary shooter Adam Lanza and others connected to the shooting. “Misinformation is being posted on social media sites,” said Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance …

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Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law by Michele Bowman  
Cell Phone Tracking Software Makes DIY Spying Easy

Ever been tempted to use technology to spy on someone? Cell phone tracking software makes it easier than ever to do so – but it can also easily lead to criminal liability. Keeping tabs on your kids via their cell phones may be understandable and not likely to get you thrown in jail or sued. But tracking and listening in on people who have not consented is clearly illegal.   Suspicious Spying Take for instance Spybubble, one of many brands …

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