Computer Fraud and Abuse Act under added scrutiny
Posted By Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass || 3-Jun-2013
Computers are used for so many positive and helpful things. One of the most common reasons people have computers is to browse the Internet. People use the Internet to chat with others, shop and voice their opinion. Most people will never face the possibility of being charged with an Internet crime. However, there are some people who may have accidentally browsed their way right into the middle of a cybercrime without ever knowing what happened. If a person in Dallas has been accused or charged with an Internet crime of any kind, he or she should know their legal rights.
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has been drawn to the forefront again as 14 people await word on whether or not they will serve prison time after being charged with launching a cyber attack against PayPal, an online payment service. The case has regained attention as both sides recently met to possibly work out a settlement. However, many feel that the government's anti-hacking law is too broad and gives prosecutors too much leeway. Critics also claim that prison terms are too long, especially for computer crimes that they consider to be basically harmless.
Although the case may finally be coming to a conclusion with a possible settlement in the works, these 14 people have waited for nearly two years to learn their fate. This may lead some to question whether or not the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act goes too far. If a person has been charged with an Internet crime it may be a good idea for him or her to speak with an attorney who understands cyber crimes.
Source: Huffington Post, "Alleged 'PayPal 14' Hackers Seek Deal To Stay Out Of Prison After Nearly 2 Years In Limbo", Gerry Smith and Ryan J. Reilly, May 18, 2013.
Categories: Computer Crime, Cybercrime