2016 Marks 30th Anniversary Of CFAA — Time For A Change

Law360, New York (January 3, 2016, 9:04 AM EST) -- Ronald Reagan was in his second term as president of the United States. "Out of Africa" won the Academy Award for best picture. The space shuttle Challenge exploded just after launch from Cape Canaveral killing all eight on board, including teacher-astronaut Christina McAuliffe. The New York Mets beat the Red Sox in the World Series in seven games extending to 86 years the last time the Red Sox had won the World Series. President Obama was in his second year of law school. And Congress enacted the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as an amendment to an earlier computer fraud law — before commercial email was available for the general public and prior to the advent of text messaging and downloadable applications. Much has changed in the last 30 years, but the CFAA, which has been amended several times since 1986, but remains the primary statute used to prosecute hackers....

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