Recent Cases of Interest

Most of us think of hackers as shadowy young males with exceptionally poor personal hygiene. Not so for one such individual. A former Korn/Ferry employee used his old assistant’s password to access information from his former employer. The 9 th United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the use of former assistance password in this case constituted criminal behavior under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

The Court held once the employer had terminated permission and access to the firm’s system, its former employee “cannot sidestep the statute by going through the backdoor and accessing a computer through a third party.”


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