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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)

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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) criminalizes, among other things, the act of intentionally accessing a computer without authorization.  The CFAA, which is codified at 18 U.S.C. 1030, was originally enacted by Congress in 1986 to combat various forms of “computer crime.”  At that time, this was largely understood to cover “hacking or trespassing into computer systems or data.”  The …

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Computer Crimes

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Cybercrimes continue to be among the fastest growing areas of federal criminal enforcement—and to pose one of the most significant threats to business and personal security.  One need look no further than the seemingly daily news releases of the latest large-scale data breach to recognize that no one is immune to cybercrime.  Estimates indicate that the global cost of cybercrime …

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Cyber Crimes: Guilty Pleas in a Large-Scale International Online Fraud Conspiracy

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Several Nigerian nationals pleaded guilty this past week to charges that they conspired to commit mail and wire fraud, as well as to commit identity theft, access device fraud and theft of government funds.  The charges arose out of numerous internet-based financial fraud schemes uncovered as part of DOJ’s ongoing initiative/effort to combat transnational organized crime.  The case demonstrates the …

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Couple Sentenced to Prison for Bank Fraud and Failure to Report Income Earned From Internet Sales through eBay and Amazon

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On Friday, a North Carolina federal district court sentenced Daniel and Renee Balson to 27 months and 16 months, respectively, on tax and bank fraud charges related to their failure to report and disclose income from selling merchandise online, primarily through eBay and Amazon.  A copy of the indictment is available here.  In addition to the prison terms, the couple …