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Crime and Punishment: A Case is Being Made Out Now Against the Current Computer Abuse Laws.

The argument is that these are seriously flawed, and that greater penalties may actually quell legitimate research activities. CRIME is everywhere, so also computers. When they both join hands, there is the scary possibility of ubiquitous computer crime. If muggers can rob you of your wallet, hackers can flick your credit card number. If one can make you phobic to blind alleys, the other could make you bankrupt. So, law enforcers around the world have begun to view computer abuse and crime more strictly. One such move in the US is the idea from Cyber Security Enhancement Act (CSEA) that the Sentencing Commission review the penalties under Sec 1030 of the US Code for people convicted of computer fraud and abuse. In response, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) – along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Sentencing Project – has released a position paper warning that current computer abuse laws are seriously flawed, and that greater penalties may quell legitimate research activities. Full Story

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