Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

  • Hacking for investor profit Crunch Network

    Hacking for investor profit

    Just over four years ago, I sat through what still is the most viscerally disturbing information security talk I’ve ever seen. The late Barnaby Jack, a brilliant security researcher, had just demonstrated in front of 300 people how he could wirelessly take control of an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator and cause it to discharge enough electricity to jump a 12 mm spark gap. Read More

  • Journalist Matthew Keys sentenced to 2 years in hacking case

    Journalist Matthew Keys sentenced to 2 years in hacking case

    Former Reuters journalist Matthew Keys was sentenced today to two years in prison on hacking charges. He faced a maximum sentence of 25 years. During his sentencing hearing, Keys tweeted, “This whole process has been exhausting.” Keys was convicted last October of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), in a bizarre case that led to the temporary defacement of a… Read More

  • The Biggest Cybersecurity Risk Is Not Identity Theft Crunch Network

    The Biggest Cybersecurity Risk Is Not Identity Theft

    What would happen if a hacker edited a major news website to falsely report an anthrax attack in Times Square? Even if the site removed the story within minutes, it already would have been reposted and retweeted thousands of times. The misinformation likely would lead to crowded sidewalks, traffic accidents, overflowing hospitals, a plummeting stock market and other chaos. Read More

  • Speaking Of... Weev Wins an Honorary Crunchie Award

    You May Take Away My Freedom, But I’ll Always Have My Crunchie!

    On June 14th, 2010, Michael Arrington awarded a Crunchie to two members of Goatse Security via a blog post for discovering, publishing and trying to fix a pretty egregious security flaw that they discovered on AT&T’s public website. Before going to jail, Andrew Auernheimer’s (aka “weev”) bucket list of what he wanted was the Crunchie that TechCrunch awarded to him. Read More

  • GoatSec iPad Hacking Case Underway, Ruling Could Address Ancient Computer Law

    GoatSec iPad Hacking Case Underway, Ruling Could Address Ancient Computer Law

    Editor’s note: Ansel Halliburton is a lawyer at ComputerLaw Group. In the summer of 2010, a group called Goatse Security discovered a security hole in an AT&T website catering to users of the recently launched iPad with 3G connectivity. Depending on who you ask, GoatSec is either composed of trolls in it for the lulz or grey-hat hackers. Read More