The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was passed in 1984 to crack down on hackers, specifically those who attack government computers. But does the law still make sense in 2013?
With so much our lives captured in the data we share online, hacking is a serious crime that requires smart legislation. But between the CFAA’s vague language and its numerous redundancies, there are many that think we can do better. That includes Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) who proposed CFAA reforms under the name, “Aaron’s Law,” in memory of Aaron Swartz who took his own life while facing up to 35 years in prison for violating the CFAA.
Whether you’re an open Internet crusader or a hacking hawk, a bad law is a bad law. Watch our video to learn more about how the CFAA can be reformed to better target the criminals who cause real damage, and not just people who run afoul of the Justice Department.