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Updates to Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Under Consideration

Posted on in Cyber Crime

St. Petersburg cyber law attorney cyber crime legislationWhen the digital age took hold in America, and an increasing number of businesses began conducting trade online, it became necessary to protect commerce, transactions, and other online activity from illegal access and fraud. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is a federal anti-hacking law that was passed in 1986, and is now the subject of updates in order to keep up with the constantly evolving digital world.

Why the CFAA Needs Updating

In its current form, the CFAA does not allow a business to go beyond its own network to fight or protect against cyber attacks, such as the installation of malware. While the CFAA was expanded upon in 1996, proponents of this newest legislation do not believe the existing language goes far enough in allowing businesses to protect their digital property.

What Changes Are Being Discussed?

Although it has undergone updating over the years, many believe the CFAA lacks the strength and flexibility to keep up with the increasing illegal activities of hackers and other cyber criminals. The CFAA makes it illegal to make unauthorized access into a computer or network that is linked to the Internet. However, some say it does not go far enough. A bipartisan effort to enhance the effectiveness of cyber defense and protection, the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC), would allow businesses to leave their own networks in order to:

  • Determine the source of a cyber attack.
  • Disrupt cyber attacks as they occur without damaging other people’s computers.
  • Recover and destroy files stolen during a cyber attack.
  • Monitor the activity of hackers.
  • Implement and utilize beaconing technology.

Some have expressed concern that the new legislation would allow unchecked cyber vigilantism, but supporters say it includes the appropriate provisions to prohibit the type of activity that would damage other computers, network connections, or information. They insist the updated law would give businesses the tools necessary to stop, track, and prevent the types of cyber attacks that have occurred recently.  

Protect Your Digital Property with Help from an Experienced New Port Richey Cyber Law Attorney

When companies experience loss or damage due to illegal hacking activities, it is critical to seek the protection that is available under state and federal cyber law. At Nelson Cyber Law, PLLC, we can provide the counsel and resources you need to recover critical data. Contact our Florida cyber law attorney by calling 1-800-440-5536 to schedule a consultation. We will answer your questions and explain how the law protects your company from hacking and other illegal attacks.

Sources:

http://thehill.com/opinion/cybersecurity/357004-lets-make-hackers-think-twice

http://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/west_georgia/news/paulding-congressman-s-bill-updates-federal-law-to-bring-cybercriminals/article_eb5660ec-b7d9-11e7-853a-a7ac6c5cda7a.html

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