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Our Main Weapon Against Hackers Is A 30-Year-Old Law

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.03.2017 | Technology

In December 2010, a group of hackers logged into the Los Angeles Times' website and altered an article about tax policy, essentially turning the piece...

Dana Liebelson

Democrats, Tech Experts Slam Obama's War On Hackers | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In advance of Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed overhauling a federal law used to prosecute hackers....

Ryan J. Reilly

Avoiding Felony Charges Was Pretty Much The Best These 'PayPal 14' Hacktivists Could've Hoped For | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.05.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- Eleven individuals charged with helping overwhelm PayPal's website in 2010 have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors that could ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Possible Plea Deal In Major Anonymous Hacking Case | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.30.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- Eleven of the 14 people allegedly affiliated with the hacker group Anonymous who were arrested in 2011 for launching a cyberattack again...

Gerry Smith

Aaron Swartz Honored With Proposed Reform To Controversial Law | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.20.2013 | Technology

Two members of Congress introduced new legislation Thursday in honor of Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old Internet activist who faced charges for download...

Gerry Smith

Scripps Employees Called 'Hackers' For Exposing Massive Security Flaw | Gerry Smith | Posted 05.23.2013 | Technology

Isaac Wolf, a reporter for Scripps Howard News Service, said he was just doing a basic Google search when he stumbled upon Social Security numbers and...

Ryan Grim

Aaron Swartz' Memory Deals Blow To Hacker Legislation | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Internet activists won a major victory this week when House Republicans put the brakes on an effort to vote on reforms to federal anti-h...

Are You a Teenager Who Reads News Online? According to the Justice Department, You May Be a Criminal

Dave Maass | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Dave Maass

In the DOJ's world, this means anyone under 18 who reads a Hearst newspaper online could hypothetically face jail time. But Hearst's publications aren't the only ones with overly restrictive usage terms.

Zach Carter

Another Senator Questions Justice's Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz | Zach Carter | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for more information about the Justice Department's prose...

Organized Labor Can Protect Workers by Supporting 'Aaron's Law'

David Segal | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
David Segal

Like many activists before him, Aaron fell prey to a criminal justice system that entrenches the standing of the already powerful, and which has been used so many times to break unionists and stymie their organizing efforts.

White House Cybersecurity Order Accompanies State of the Union Address

Christina Gagnier | Posted 04.14.2013 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

While the future of cybersecurity is unclear, the national conversation has been jumpstarted and brought to the fore with the mention of the issue in the State of the Union address.

Zach Carter

Politicians, Activists Mourn Aaron Swartz At Capitol Hill Memorial | Zach Carter | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of mourners gathered on Capitol Hill Monday to celebrate the life of Internet activist Aaron Swartz and to advocate changes to ...

5 Ways Your Internet Freedom Is At Risk

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.21.2013 | Technology

Internet activists on Friday celebrated Internet Freedom Day, marking the one year anniversary of widespread online protests against controversial ant...

Zach Carter

Leading House Tech Expert Pushes For Legal Changes After Aaron Swartz's Suicide | Zach Carter | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the top tech experts in Congress, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), told HuffPost Thursday that the case against Aaron Swartz shows th...

Gerry Smith

Were The Charges Against Internet Activist Aaron Swartz Too Severe? | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.15.2013 | Technology

Before his apparent suicide Friday, Internet activist Aaron Swartz was facing trial for allegedly stealing millions of scholarly journal articles from...

The 1980s-Era Law That Could Make Online Shopping At Work A Crime

Reuters | Grant McCool | Posted 09.28.2012 | Technology

By Grant McCool NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 1984 U.S. anti-hacking law passed when computer crime was in its infancy is under fire for poten...

Knocking the Rust off of the Anti-Hack Act

Leslie Harris | Posted 10.04.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

In the wake of a number of high-profile computer invasions, Congress is looking to fight back against malicious hackers.

Terms Of Service Process Taken To Court

Econsultancy | Patricio Robles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

If you live in the United States, a warning: you may want to read the terms of service of the websites you use a little more carefully. That's because...