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This Week in Cybercrime: You Can Be Convicted of Hacking Even If You’re Not a Hacker: Plus: Critical infrastru...

This Week in Cybercrime: You Can Be Convicted of Hacking Even If You’re Not a Hacker: Plus: Critical infrastru...

Hacking the Meaning of Hacking It’s happened before: someone is convicted for robbery who never set foot inside the store that was held up, or serves a long prison stretch for murder, but is later exonerated when DNA evidence reveals that they and the perpetrator are not one and the same. But you rarely associate computer crimes with such miscarriages of justice. Nevertheless, in a California courtroom this week, David Nosal was convicted of six counts , including violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act —which went on the books in 1984 as part of an effort to make it easier for prosecutors to take down hackers bent on stealing data or in some way vandalizing the machines they infiltrate. The problem: There is no question about the fact that he did not hack into the system from which he acquired proprietary information. The jury came back with a guilty verdict de...

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