Wednesday, November 20 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Computer Crime Laws - Tor Ekeland, Attorney

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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: An Overview

The notorious Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is the most litigated

federal computer misuse statute in existence. This presentation will cover the

basics of the CFAA, starting with its origins, how Congress intended it to be used,

and how the Department of Justice currently uses it today.

After a brief discussion of the legislative origins of the CFAA in the Orwellian

year of 1984, the presentation will sketch the main statutory components of the law,

focusing specifically on the provisions that prohibit unauthorized access to obtain

information and those that prohibit damage to a computer. Because the CFAA fails

to define what it primarily seeks to prohibit – unauthorized access to a protected

computer – the presentation will then cover the myriad of different interpretations

of unauthorized access.

Finally, the presentation will cover more recent CFAA cases invoking these

different concepts that Tor has worked on as either lead or co-counsel, including

United States v. Auernheimer, (aka weev’s case) which is currently on appeal in front

of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. If there is time Tor will take questions.

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Tor Ekeland

Attorney, Tor Ekeland, P.C.
Tor was lead trial counsel for Andrew Auernheimer (“Weev”) in his prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) for downloading roughly 120,000 iPad subscriber email addresses from AT&T’s publicly accessible server.  He is currently lead counsel in Mr. Auernheimer’s... Read More →

Wednesday November 20, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am EST
Salon 3 (5th Floor Ballroom) NY Marriott Marquis

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