United States Chess Federation Embroiled in Computer Fraud Prosecution

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Last week the federal district court in Northern California downgraded felony Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) counts to misdemeanors against Gregory Alexander who is charged with accessing “on thirty-four separate occasions . . . without authorization, the Yahoo! email account of Randall Hough, one of the board members of the United States Chess Federation ("USCF").” U.S. v. Alexander, 2010 WL 3238961 *1 (N.D. Ca. Aug. 16, 2010). In opposing Alexander’s motion to dismiss the felony counts, the government’s papers described “how Alexander’s action were part of an internal power struggle among the USCF members.”

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