The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: A Powerful Weapon vs. Unfair Competitors and Disgruntled Employees/In-House Defense Quarterly/In-House Defense Quarterly

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The innovative spark and drive that has brought a bountiful return to many in the course of the information and technological

age in which we live has not been limited

to those pioneering new approaches. Unfortunately, it has also filtered down to those who would, if left to their devices, secretly harvest the fruits of others’ labors and creativity. In 1984, to combat what was described as a “growing wave of computer crime,” Congress passed what was called “The Counterfeit Access Device and Computer

Fraud and Abuse Act.” This article explains the Act and its reaches.

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