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Cybercrime: An Overview of the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Statute and Related Federal Criminal Laws

Topics: Information Technology and Cybersecurity,

This report discusses in detail the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), a cyber security law designed to protect government computers, bank computers, and other computers connected to the internet. The report discusses the seven sections of the law, including computer trespassing (hacking) on a government computer, computer trespassing resulting in exposure to sensitive information, damaging or attacking government or bank computers, committing fraud involving government computers, threatening to damage a government computer, trafficking passwords, or committing espionage using a government computer. An abbreviated form of this report, "Cybercrime: A Sketch of 18 U.S.C. 1030 and Related Federal Criminal Laws" is also available.

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