Computer Abuse Hacking Claims and Defenses

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In 1984, Congress enacted the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in order to combat increasingly common crimes involving computer abuse and hacking. Although the act was originally designed as a criminal statute to protect government owned computers, between 1986 and 2002 Congress added protections for private computers, including company owned computers.

The additions offer your business civil remedies against hacking, malicious acts designed to hinder your business, copying secrets, and many other computer abuses.

The CFAA prohibits any person from accessing a protected computer without authorization for the purpose of fraud or for the purpose of wrongly obtaining anything of value.

The act also prohibits intentionally caused damage to a protected computer. The act addresses damage occurring in three ways.

  • Accesses the transmission of a program, information, code, or command, and intentionally causes damage to a protected computer without authorization.
  • Accessing a protected computer without authorization in a manner that causes damage to the computer.
  • Causing damage to a protected computer through the unauthorized transmission of computer passwords.

“Damage” offers a broad definition. Damage is defined as any act that causes impairment to the integrity or availability of data, a program, a system or information.

The CFAA allows a private party to bring a civil cause of action. The party initiating suit can win damages and injunctions (court orders for the defendant to cease damaging actions whether continued damage to the system or use of the stolen data).

Whether by company insider or outside hacker, abuse to your electronic business systems can compromise company secrets, run up costs, and even destroy a company.

If you’ve been served in a CFAA action it’s a very serious matter. You could be responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions, if the court finds that your actions caused extensive damages.

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Our technologically advanced CFAA lawyers handle both computer fraud and abuse act claims and defenses in Broward, Miami, and Palm Beach.

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We handle computer fraud and abuse act claims and defense in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami Dade County and throughout Florida.

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