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Hackers, Fakers, and Computers

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The Obama Administration's expansive ideas about "unauthorized access" to computers took a hit in the US Senate today.  Orin Kerr had this op-ed in the WSJ Wednesday. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was supposed to punish "hacking," i.e., defeating a computer's security system to get access to a place in cyberspace you weren't authorized to access.  "But the Justice Department believes that it applies incredibly broadly to include 'terms of use' violations and breaches of workplace computer-use policies," according to Kerr.

The political odd couple of Charles Grassley and Al Franken got an amendment through the Judiciary Committee to put the kabosh on that, Kashmir Hill notes at Forbes.

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