Recent 9th Circ. Decisions May Muddy The Water On CFAA

By Braden Campbell (January 3, 2017, 4:18 PM EST) -- In early December, the Ninth Circuit issued back-to-back decisions intended to clarify what is and isn't illegal computer use under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act — but attorneys say the court's modest changes to lower court opinions don't go far enough in defining the specific conduct that can lead to a violation of the CFAA.

Specifically, the appeals court declined to rehear as a full body two suits alleging violations of the aging anti-hacking statute and other state and federal laws.

In one, a Ninth Circuit panel affirmed former Korn/Ferry International recruiter David Nosal's conviction on charges he violated the...

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