What is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act_

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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) has been around for more than three decades, although it has been amended over the years. It remains the most prominent US law in place to prevent cybercrime, and has been used in many and varied cases across the country.

The law is designed primarily to target hackers who access computers to steal information. However, it has been used in other situations. It’s a hugely controversial law that has come under scrutiny for being open to interpretation and carrying unfair penalties.

In this post, we explain the CFAA, what it’s used for, and problems with its implementation. We’ll also provide examples of real cases in which the law has been used to prosecute cybercriminals.

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