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CFAA will harm security researchers, EFF tells SCOTUS

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rein in the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) by holding that accessing computers in ways that violate terms of service (TOS) does not violate the law. It’s the first time the High Court will consider if the CFAA – which…
U.S. charges Chinese military group with cyber espionage
Government, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Supreme Court takes on case that could modernize, redefine CFAA

The Supreme Court will take up Van Buren vs. United States, a case that could modernize and alter the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). At issue whether it is federal crime for someone with permission to access information on a computer to do so for an improper purpose. While it is…
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Hacking Back

Close your eyes for a moment and whisper the term “hack back.” Doesn’t it conjure up familiar rough-hewn heroes played by the likes of Charles Bronson and Kris Kristofferson who roamed the silver screen with some regularity in the 1970s, tracking down bad guys and meting out justice when authorities either could not or fell…
White House unveils initiatives to combat botnets
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White House touts release of National Cyber Strategy

Eager to demonstrate a commitment to cybersecurity amidst criticisms over vulnerable election infrastructure, the White House yesterday unveiled its National Cyber Strategy. The plan is divided four “pillars” of strategy: protecting the homeland by fighting cybercrime and fortifying defenses, promoting American prosperity by adding cyber jobs and defending intellectual property, preserving peace through strength by…

Bill legalizing hacking back introduced in the House

Reps. Tom Graves, R-Ga., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., today introduced the Active Cyber Defense Bill which if passed would give individuals and companies hit with a cyberattack the legal authority to hack back against their assailant.
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