Senate hearing set to update anti-hacking law

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The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee next week plans to hold a hearing focused on updating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a national anti-hacking law first enacted in 1984 that makes it illegal to access government or financial institution computers without authorization. A White House cybersecurity legislative plan to Congress, released in May, proposed broadening the scope of CFAA and increase penalties under the statute. Witnesses for the hearing are scheduled to include James Baker, associate deputy attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice, and Pablo Martinez, deputy special agent in charge of the Criminal Investigative Division of the U.S. Secret Service. The hearing is planned for 10 a.m. on Aug. 3 and can be viewed online.
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