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Bloomberg Law Reports Guest Article: Computer & Internet Crimes - Where Will it End?
Pierre Grosdidier, Ph.D.
In just a few years, the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1984 (the "CFAA," 18 U.S.C. § 1030) has evolved into a broad and powerful weapon in computer-related criminal and civil litigation. Originally enacted to target hackers, the statute now reaches almost any imaginable malfeasance that involves a computer. Two recurring categories of cases arise in an employment context. First, those where disgruntled employees delete files or "wipe" hard drives in spite before they take the door. Second, cases where employees leave with copies of their employers’ proprietary information, such as client databases or electronically-stored trade secrets, with the intent of starting or joining a competing business.
Excerpt from Bloomberg Law Reports, Dec. 15, 2012. To view the full article, click the PDF linked below.
PDF - Bloomberg Law Reports: Computer & Internet Crimes (Grosdidier)